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Genealogical and Biographical 


Devoted to the Interests of American 
Genealogy and Biography. 


VOLUME XVII., 1886. 


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MOTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 



Dr. henry R. stiles, CHARLES B. MOORE, Esq. 


January and April, 
Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. 

Jtdy and October, 
Henry R. Stiles, M.D. 


Address, by Gen. J. Grant Wilson, 78. 

Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart., by Hon. Thomas Coffin Amory {with Portrait)^ i. 

Ancient New York Tombstones, by Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson, 39. 

Arms and Seals of New York, The : a Defence, by Henry A. Homes, 48. 

Books. See Notes on Books. 

Books donated to the Society, 60, 1 12, 237, 282. 

Brookhaven (L. I.) Epitaphs, by William Kelby, 259, 260. 

Crosby, Ernest H. The Rutgers Family of New York, 82. 

Delafield, the Englishman, John, by Rev. Wm. Hall {with Engraving), 245-251. 

Descendants of Robert and Anne Drummond, by Rev. Wm. Hall, 35. 

Donations to Library. See Books Donated to the Society. 

Drummond, Some Descendants of Robert and Anne. See Descendants. 

D wight Family in Early English History, Traces of, by Benj. W. D wight, D.D., 23. 

Dwight, Rev. Benj. W. See above. 

De Witt Family, The, of Ulster County, N. Y., by Thomas G. Evans, 251-259. 

Drowne, Henry Thayer, by Henry R. Stiles, M.D. {with Portrait), 215. 

Early Settlers of Ulster County, N. Y., by G. H. Van Wagenen, 261-267. 
Evans, Thomas G. The De Witt Family of Ulster County, N. Y., 251-259. 

Fac-Simile of Handwriting of Colonel Beverley Robinson, 276. 
Four Primes, by Edward I. Stevenson (with Portrait)^ 197. 

Gardiner's Island, The Lordship and Manor of, by John Lyon Gardiner, 32, 

Gardiner, John Lyon. See above. 

Genealogical History, by Dr. Von H. Schramm, 37. 

Hall, Rev, William. Some Descendants of Robert and Anne Drummond, 35. 

" '« " John Delafield, the Englishman, 245-251. 

Hough, Franklin B., Memorial Sketch of, by Henry R. Stiles, M.D. {with Portrait), 93. 

Kelby, William. Brookhaven (L. I.) Epitaphs, 259. 

Marsiglia, Gerlando, Biographical Sketch of, 222. 

Memorial Sketch of Franklin B. Hough, M.D., by Dr. Henry R. Stiles, 93. 

Notes on Books.— Family Memorials, by Prof. Ed. E. Salisbury, 55 ; Personal Memoirs 
of Gen. U. S. Grant, 56 ; Bryant and his Friends, 56 ; Century Magazine, 56 ; 
Colonial New York, Philip Schuyler and his Family, by George W. Schuyler, 57; 
Charles Darwin, by Grant Allen, 57; Records of the Descendants of Nathaniel 
Ely, by Heman Ely ; Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Leslie Stephen, 
112; Memoir of Rt. Rev. James Henry Otey, D.D., etc., by Robert Greene; 
Genealogical Memoranda; Snively ; Marlborough, by Saintsbury, 113 ; The Wil- 
derness Road, by Thos. Speed; The Forum, 114; Centennial History of the 

iv Index to Stibjects. 

Protestant Episcopal Church in America, 238 ; Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, 
239; Life of Henry W. Longfellow, 239; Prajterita, 239; History of Kings 
County, N. Y., 240; Storrs Genealogy, 240; Life of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, 
242 ; Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, 242 ; Burns' Complete Works, 242; The 
Bartow Family in England, Rachel Du Mont, 280; Lee Genealogy, Appleton's 
Cyclopaedia of American Biography, 281. 
Notes and Queries. — Blauvelt and Van Antwerp Families, 55 ; Vandalism, 55 ; Pike 
Family Genealogy, 55 ; East Haddam Folks' Record, 55 ; Record Index, 55 ; 
Hannum Genealogy, 55 ; Marseilles Arms, 55 ; Proceedings of the Society, Mott 
Family of New York, The American Historical Association, 109 ; The Duyckincks, 
A Chinese Vanderbilt, Sears and Smith, Drummond Family, no; Schuyler Fam- 
ily, Columbus Statue, Family Memorials, An Ancient Journal, Election of 
Officers, Careless Printers, Continental Soldiers, Longevity, in ; No Ancestors, 
Conant, Corson, Hoogland, Boardman, 112 ; Elwes Pedigree, Vannuxum, Drum- 
mond of Prestonpans, Natural Heirship, An Old-Time Real Estate Agent, 
Southampton, L. L, Balch, Cleveland, Dorr, Unclaimed Fortunes in Holland, 
May — Lyons — Butler, Raymond, Somerdyke, Seelye, Livingston, Marseilles, 242 ; 
Culloden, Weeks, Thompson, Cannone, Southold, L. I., Connecticut Light 
Horse, Riley — Egg Harbor, Some Curious Epitaphs, 279 ; Lawrence, Notes on the 
Lounsbury Family, Young — Rogers, 280. 

Obituaries.— Grant, 57; Odell, 57; Pierrepont, 58; Van Buren, 58; King, Leveridge, 
115 ; Rodgers, 116; Dey, 242; Robertson, 244. 

Presbyterian Churches in New York City. See Records. 
Primes, The Four, by Ed. I. Stevenson, 197. 
Pruyn Family. The, by John V. L. Pruyn, 208. 
Pruyn, John V. L. See above. 

Records of the Society of Friends, Westbury, L. I. (continued), 218. 

Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York — Baptisms, 40, lOl, 

224, 268. 
Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches in the City of New York — Births 

and Baptisms, 50, 232, 277. 
Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York. See Records. 
Rutgers Family of New York, The, by Ernest H. Crosby {with Portrait), 82. 
Robinson, Colonel Beverley, Fac-simile of Handwriting, 276. 

Schramm. Dr. Von H., Genealogical History, 37. 
Society of Friends, Westbury, L. I., Records of (continued), 218. 
Stevenson, Edward I. Four Primes, 197. 

Stiles, Henry R. Memorial Sketch of Dr. Franklin B. Hough, 93. 
" " " Henry Thayer Drowne, 215. 

Vanderbilt, Cornelius and William H., by Wm. H. Bogart {with Portraits').^ 61. 
Van Wagenen, Gerrit H. Early Settlers of Ulster County, N. Y., 261. 
Von H. Schramm. Genealogical History, 37. 

Wilson, Gen. J. Grant. Ancient New York Tombstones, 39. 
'* " Address {with Portrait)., 78. 

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Vol. XVII. NEW YORK, JANUARY, 1886. No. 


An Address delivered before the New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Society, October 8, 1885. 

By Thomas C. Amory. 

(With Portrait.) 

The name of Coffin is so widely spread over our continent, so many 
thousands of men and women of other patronymics take pride in their de- 
scent from Tristram, its first American patriarch, that what concerns them 
all, any considerable branch or distinguished individual of the race, seems 
rather history than biography. 

Space forbids my repeating here, as I well might wish, all that has been 
recorded of their history. It would fill volumes and exhaust your patience. 
What sheds light on Sir Isaac and his immediate progenitors is too ger- 
mane to my subject to be wholly overlooked. To trace back Tristram to 
Alwington, follow his fortunes from Plympton in old England to the Mer- 
rimack in the new, bring his chequered career to its honored close at Nan- 
tucket ; to pay due homage to his son James, the upright judge ; to his son 
Nathaniel, the dauntless master mariner, and his wife, Damaris Gayer, 
the eloquent preacher ; to their son William, the much-loved merchant of 
Boston, senior warden of Trinity ; to his son, another Nathaniel, graduate 
of Harvard and Yale, King's treasurer, and father of Sir Isaac — six gene- 
rations with Tristram of admirable men, with much to praise and little 
to censure, is our legitimate purpose, so far as our limits prescribed will 
permit, before proceeding to our more immediate subject. 

Though unlike in character, and of very different experiences from his 
ancestors. Sir Isaac was too remarkable a man to pass into oblivion. His 
long life, commencing in 1759 ^^ Boston, and ending eighty years later in 
Cheltenham, England, was crowded with events, many of historic impor- 
tance. By his native vigor,' doughty deeds, and eminent services he rose 
to distinguished rank in the British navy, became captain of a line-of-battle 
ship at the age of twenty-two, and was created a baronet at the age of forty- 
four. This not from large means, family influence, or court favor, but that 
his character and conduct afloat and ashore entitled him to such prefer- 
ment. Throngs of heroic officers won glory in the same wars that he did, 

2 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffiji, Bart. [Jan., 


attracted attention by more conspicuous achievements ; but his fearless 
daring, zeal, and ability, and what he accomplished, inscribes his memory 
high up on the roll of honor, if not on the scroll of fame. 

How far life and character are molded by circumstances, how far by 
heredity, is a complicated problem, and the horoscope is too largely affected 
by maternal influences for these to be disregarded. Though bearing all the 
marks of his paternal stock, Sir Isaac doubtless owed something to the 
blood mingling in his veins from other sources, and it has been my endeavor 
to discover these infusions where I could, and, in one instance, should be 
preserved for the criticism of coming genealogists — a supposed link that 
may be of use. 

Nicholas, father of Peter and grandfather of Tristram, has been re- 
garded as their most remote paternal ancestor ascertained. According to 
tradition their line was an offshoot of Alwington, but how, continued a 
puzzle. Many years ago I bought an old edition of Collins, 1758, and while 
seeking some other information, my eyes fell on the name of Peter Coffin, 
who about 1560 married Mary, fourth daughter of Hugh Boscawen. Hugh 
died 1559, at the age of eighty. As the homes of the Boscawens, Tre- 
gothnan and Penkeville lay near Brixton, the home of Tristram, this 
awakened curiosity, the more that Peter's name was not in the index, and 
might have escaped the notice of previous genealogical inquirers. 

Hugh Boscawen, of one of the most affluent and influential families of 
Cornwall, married Phillippa Carminow, of large possessions and royal de- 
scent, inheriting, through Philip Courtenay, the unfortunate Marquis of Ex- 
eter, Plympton, and other estates near Plymouth, part of which we find the 
inheritance of Tristram. Hugh had seven sons and seven daughters. The 
third son, Nicholas, eighty-six when he died in 1626, was the successor of 
his parents in their estates. His sister Mary, who married Peter Coffin, must 
have been born about 1545, as there were nine younger children than her- 
self born before 1559, when her father died at the age of eighty. Her 
brass at Penkeville gives her death in 1622. Her age is not very clearly 
stated, but apparently as seventy-seven. Her son Nicholas, if grandfather 
of Tristram, would have been of an age, in 1582, to have been father of 
Peter, who died 1628, and whose wife Joanna, mother of Tristram, died in 
Boston 1 66 1, aged seventy-seven, having been born in 1584. 

If thus, or in any other way, connected with the Coffins, the house of 
Tregothnan is too historical, and associated with too many important events 
in our colonial annals, not to make it worthy of note. Lord Falmouth, 
under Queen Anne, Edward, the commander of the British fleet in the sec- 
ond reduction of Louisbourg, in more recent days, have added to the lustre 
of a name prolific in naval heroes and eminent statesmen. The importance 
attached to this supposed connection is that it affords clues to ascertain the 
relation of Tristram to Alwington, and as Petronel, the sister of Mrs. Peter 
Coffin, married Peter Mayhowe, a possible explanation how Thomas May- 
hew and Tristram Cofifin here together planted Nantucket. Tuckett's 
Devon Visitations, full as to the main male line of Alwington, are being 
carried back, extended out, and brought down by Colonel Vivyan, who is 
approaching the Coffins. My suggestions may help his researches, and 
they are given for what they are worth. 

But who was the father of Peter Coffin, who married Mary Bos- 
cawen ? He must have been born about 1500. If among the recorded 
members of the family are found individuals whose dates and other known 

1 886.] Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. 3 

circumstances are inconsistent with the parentage of Peter, that reduces the 
field of investigation. Sceptical minds reject hypothesis in such researches, 
but often hypothesis, fairly tested, is the only path to the truth. At Monk- 
ley, about ten miles east from Portlege, one of the homes of its junior 
branches, dwelt at that time James, son of Richard and Miss Chudleigh, 
whose brother John married Mary Gary. His wife, Mary Cole, was the near 
kinswoman of William, who married Radigan, daughter of Nicholas Bos- 
cawen. Tristram named his sons after his ancestors. James was his fourth 
>6on. These circumstances amount to nothing as proof, but may lead to it, 
or perhaps confirm the conclusion of Mr. Allen Coffin, that the connection 
with Alwington, if any, is much more remote. 

But why seek to trace Tristram's lineage to Alwington ? The beauty 
of the place, the character of its long line of proprietors through seven 
hundred years — one of the very few instances, even in England, in which an 
estate has remained for so great a length of time in the same family — which 
has never been sold, sequestered, or confiscated, or passed except by in- 
heritance, will, or family settlement, which has continued not only their 
chief but constant habitation, suggests a home so enduring, qualities so 
sterling, that in a world changeable as this, it is solacing to every conserva- 
tive element in our nature to believe we too belong to it. 

Alwington extends along the Severn Sea, south of the boundary between 
Somerset and Devon, fronting the broad Atlantic. The mighty billows roll 
in majestic force against its cliffs and crags. The domain tiow embraces 
thirty-eight hundred acres, part in fertile farms with substantial steadings ; 
part in park and pleasure grounds, studded with forest trees in clumps and 
woods. Its area may have expanded in prosperous days, or been shorn 
down to provide for junior branches ; but its grounds are substantially the 
same now as under the Plantagenets, or when it first came to the Coffins 
with the heiress of the Delaberes. 

When we call to mind what this beautiful region embraces from the 
Severn Sea to its southern shores, Exmoor and Dartmoor, which Black- 
more and Kingsley have so brilliantly described, its romantic streams and 
majestic hills (and who has not read " Lorna Doon "), with their wild sub- 
limity, we can well consider it a privilege that such associations cluster 
about our own ancestral memories, that the Coffins and so many Americans 
from Devon have such good reason to be proud of their mother-country, 
feel deeper interest in their progenitors that they dwelt amid scenes so 
picturesque. Our kinswoman, Mrs. Johnson, will pardon me if I draw 
in part from her own eloquent account of Portlege, what will convey a 
more perfect idea of the place. 

The approach from Bideford in Somersetshire south to Portlege (the 
manor house of Alwington) extends for four miles along a shaded road, lined 
on either side with luxuriant hedges, brambled vines, and grasses. Half a 
mile from the house the road reaches the great gateway, which opens on 
grounds tastefully disposed ; for time and taste and means eff'ect marvels 
about the old homes of England. Lawns and gardens in a fine state of 
cultivation spread around, with that depth of verdure and coloring peculiar 
to the proximity to the sea ; for in Devon the grape and peach, if protected,, 
ripen beside the pear and plum. 

The house sets low for shelter from the blasts, and is not conspicuous untill 
closely approached. The spirit of repose that it breathes, of the times that: 
have passed, of the various vicissitudes of sorrow and enjoyment that have- 

4 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin^ Bart. [Jan., 

cheered or tried its generations (noted for their culture and refinement as 
they have come and passed from infancy to age) cannot escape your at- 
tention in the photograph submitted. 

About the same distance from the house, along the shore, stretches a 
beach looking out over the Atlantic, to which a shaded walk from the 
house winds among ferns and groves thick with shrubs and rich with vari- 
ous verdure. Seats judiciously disposed afford a resting place for the 
enjoyment of the view and the breeze. About a mile away stands the old 
church, bosked in mossy foliage, quiet and secluded, no dwelling in sight,* 
venerable with age, if too substantial for decay. Its pews of oak, black 
with time, are richly carved, as often seen in these ancient shrines. Here 
more than twenty generations have brought their children in arms to the 
font, their dead for sepulchre. Here their blooming maidens, their own or 
their tenants', have come to be joined in wedlock. The walls and floors 
of the edifice, as the burial ground around it, are crowded with slabs and 
monuments that relate, with the same touching simplicity, the annals of 
them all. 

Within the walls of the mansion, which are of stone, with coigns and 
buttresses and battlements, windows varied but harmonious, is a large, 
square entrance hall with gallery on the level of the second floor. This 
and the spacious dining-room are lined with family portraits ; men and 
women in antiquated garb, representing the blue eyes and characteristic 
features of the race. Carved doors abound of stately dimensions, and 
ceilings of faded grandeur, displaying in many colors the emblazonments 
and quarterings of the family arms and of others of the best, connected with 
them by marriage. Many are derived from royal and noble progenitors — 
Pomeroys, Beaumonts, Chudleighs, Courtenays, Prideaux, Carys, Cheni- 
pernouns, Cliff"ords, Bassets, Damerels, of Devon or adjacent counties. 
Imagination conjures up the throng of these personages, long mouldered, 
as on festal occasions they gathered to the banquet or the dance, roamed 
and wooed by the moonbeams, shot arrows at the targe, let loose the fal- 
con, or rode after the hounds. 

The ancient forms and arrangements of the mansion, modified to meet 
as well the requirements of modern taste and comfort as to retain what is old 
or quaint, combine to constitute Portlege a most agreeable home to dwell 
in. It was once famous for its precious and extensive library, its archives 
rich with the accumulations of many generations. Sad to say, about 1800, 
in the transfer under a settlement to another branch, the books were mostly 
sold and many documents dispersed. There still remain vast coffers of 
manuscript treasures, which in time must perish, but which should before 
too late be arranged, copied, translated into intelligible language, calen- 
dared, catalogued, and indexed. Some antiquary of the family may yet be 
born to the faith that he can devote his days to no better field of service to 
posterity than such a task. 

Before taking leave of Alwington, as Tristram's progenitors passed off 
from the ancestral stem, an enumeration of the succeeding generations 
from John and Mary Gary may be of interest. Their second son wedded 
Grace, daughter of Richard Berrie, of Berrianarbor. Richard, the oldest, 
1569-1617 (forty-eight), Elizabeth, 1571-1651 (aged eighty), daughter of 
Leonard Ugbear, of Gornwall. With the eight sons and seven daughters of 
Richard, as they grew into life, Portlege must have been gay, and as the 
daughters, at least, followed in rapid succession to their nuptials, not even 

i886.J Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. r 

what was disagreeable in the Stuart monarchs or the contentions of the land 
could have cast a shadow so remote from the court and battle-field. When 
the mother died, in 165 1, James, the fifth son and last survivor, erected in 
the church of Alwington a monument to the memory of his parents, with 
an inscription which tells in rude rhymes their story. The eldest of the two 
sons left two daughters, Jane and Elizabeth, and the inheritance passed to 
a second Richard, 1622-99, "Without an enemy while living, and univer- 
sally lamented when dead." His wife was Ann Prideaux, daughter of Ed- 
mund, of Padstow, 1645-1705, who died at the age of sixty. He was 
much esteemed, and in 1686 was sheriff of Devon under James H. 

The children of the sheriff and Ann Prideaux were Bridget, John, Ho- 
nora, and Richard. The eldest son married Ann Kellond, travelled exten- 
sively over Europe, stood well for character and scholarship, but died at 
the age of twenty-five in 1703. Honora married Richard Bennett; Dor- 
othy, Richard Pyne, from whom came the Pyne Coffins. Richard, who 
succeeded his brother John in 1703, for seventy-three years was Lord of 
Alwington, and died there in 1776 unmarried. He settled the estates first 
on the Bennetts, Robert and Richard, who died without children ; and the 
reversion went to the Pynes descended from Honora, who took the name 
of Cofiin. The present proprietor, born 1841, was the grandson of Rich- 
ard, great-grandson of the youngest daughter of the sheriff, who died 1699, 
and Ann Prideaux, who died 1705. As Mr. Pyne Coffin has a large fam- 
ily of fine healthy children, there seems no chance of any of the male line 
of the Coffins ever succeeding to Alwington. 

It is believed the male representation of the family rests in some de- 
scendant of Peter Cofifin, who about 1565 married Mary Boscawen. A few 
words remain to be said about them. Phillippa Carminow, mother of Mrs. 
Mary Coffin, was, as already mentioned, coheiress of that part of the 
Courteney estates which escaped forfeiture when the Marquis of Exeter, 
next to the crown, was beheaded. Plympton, near the home of Tristram, 
formed part of the Courteney inheritance which Phillippa Carminow car- 
ried to Hugh Boscawen, of Tregothnan, 1469-15 5 9, as his wife. Their 
home was at Penkevil, not far up the river from Brixton, and is still the 
home of the Lords of Falmouth, their representatives. Evidence is found 
in an inquis^ition of W^illiam and Mary, 1558, of the Coffins, o( Portlege, 
holding lands at Plympton, which may have come through the Boscawen' s 
by this marriage, or perhaps may have led to it. At Plympton and Brixton 
Nicholas, grandfather of Tristram, and Peter, his father, resided ; and Tris- 
tram took, by the will of his father, Peter, subject to his mother's life es- 
tate, these lands, or a part of them, which it would seem likely came in this 
way or through the Hingstons. 

What motives induced Tristram, in 1642, to dispose of so pleasant an 
abode and come to America can be conjectured, but are not positively 
known. It has been said that he had been employed as colonel in com- 
mand of the garrison at Plymouth, but this is not authenticated, and may 
have referred to his uncle Tristram ; but we do know that in its defence 
his only brother John had been slain. Tristram had married, at the early 
period customary in those primitive times, Dionis Stevens, and had already 
five children — Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James, and John. 

We know his brother John was killed at Plymouth, and it may be 
Tristram was in the fight. The Stuarts made sorry kings, and the resist- 
ance they provoked to their arbitrary rule seems justified. But England 

6 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

was seething on the verge of twenty years of contention, and Tristram, not 
over-fond of either party, and imperilled by the part he had taken, with 
ten women and children in his charge, may have been glad to escape 
persecution for them and himself in America. Two of his four sisters 
married in Devon. Two, Mary and Eunice, with their mother, his wife, 
and five children, accompanied him in 1642, the year King Charles placed 
himself in open array against the parliament. 
^' That he came in that of the four vessels — Hector, Griffin, Job Clement, 
C and Margaret Clement, belonging to Captain Robert Clement, that came 
./ over in 1642, which Captain Clement himself commanded — is well authenti- 
cated. It is known that after a brief residence at Salisbury, he moved up 
the river that year to what is now the next town, Haverhill, to form that 
settlement with Clement, on land bought from the Sachem Pasconaway. 

With this large and dependent family of nine women and children, Tris- 
tram crossed the sea, disembarking at the mouth of the Merrimac, where 
they so long made their home. The births of his other children born in 
America show the different periods he resided in Salisbury, Haverhill, on 
the north of the river, and at Newbury, to its south. We have no 
knowledge of his going far from that neighborhood during the next sixteen 
years, till he went to Nantucket, though it seems reasonable to suppose 
that he did so. 

The property they brought sufficed to support in comfort the families of 
his mother and his own, and to establish respectably in marriage, as they 
grew up, his sisters and his sons. He first settled himself at Salisbury, in 
the three-mile space between the Merrimac and the New Hampshire 
border, as fixed by the patent ; but removed that year to Haverhill, adjoin- 
ing Salisbury up the river, for in 1642, in November, his name is attached 
to an Indian deed there. There Mary, afterward Mrs. Starbuck, was 
born, and John the first having died, another took his place. In 1648 
Tristram removed to Newbury, where his youngest son, Stephen, was added 
to the family group. After residing there for several years, during which 
he was licensed to keep an inn and a ferry over the Merrimac, Tristram 
returned to Salisbury, where he became a county magistrate. 

Salisbury was close to the border of New Hampshire, and his eldest son, 
Peter, a merchant and king's counsellor in Dover, in New Hampshire, not 
far removed from Salisbury, married, about 1657, Abigail, daughter of 
Edward Starbuck; and his second son, Tristram, in 1653, Judith, daughter 
of Captain Edmund Greenleaf, widow of Henry Somerby. The descend- 
ants of this marriage of Tristram, Jr.'s, have ever since occupied this 
fine old mansion which Somerby had left her, or her father. Captain 
Greenleaf, bestowed. 

Edward Starbuck had come over from Derbyshire in 1640, and estab- 
lished himself at Dover. Elder of the Church and Representative, he 
became a Baptist, and soon after a Quaker. Both he and Thomas Macy 
are said to have been among the chief promoters of the settlement of Nan- 
tucket.* It was no doubt often discussed, and perhaps slowly brought about. 
Nantucket, an island fifteen miles by four, embracing an area of about 
thirty thousand acres, lay at the southern extremity of what is now Massa- 

* Fifteen miles by eleven in the widest part, and twenty miles south of the peninsular of Cape Cod, 120 
miles S.S.E. of Boston. Latitude 41° 13' to 41° 23' N.; longitude 69° 56' to 70° 13'. Population, 1820, 
7,266. In 1824 Sir Isaac was there; in 1826, 352 vessels engaged in the fisheries, 2,392 in the coasting 
trade entered its port. This was before the era of steam. 

1 886.] Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. ' ^ 

chusetts. It was then part of New York, and so remained till 1692. When 
the project was ripe, and it was concluded to purchase, Tristram, early in 
1659, made a voyage of inquiry and observation to the group of islands off 
the Massachusetts coast with this view. He first visited Martha's Vine- 
yard, whither Thomas Mayhew (1591-1681-90), formerly a merchant in 
Southampton in England, had, in 1647, removed from Watertown to preach 
to and convert the Indians. The name of his first wife, Martha Parkurst, 
he doubtless gave to the vineyard where he so long dwelt gathering souls 
from the heathen. 

We are inclined to believe, though we have no conclusive proof, that 
the attention of Tristram was first called to Nantucket by Mayhew, and the 
question suggests itself whether it had not been from consanguinity that 
Mayhew proposed or urged the settlement. He held, in 1649, ^ convey- 
ance of Nantucket, as he did of Martha's Vineyard, from Lord Sterling. 
Born in 1591, Petronel Boscawen, sister of Mary, may have been his 
mother or grandmother. That Mary Boscawen was Tristram's great-grand- 
mother seems more than probable. 

Mayhew and Mayhowe bear the same arms, and are corruptions or varia- 
tions of the same name. If Thomas Mayhew, born 1591, was son or grand- 
son of that Petronel Boscawen, sister of Mrs. Peter Coffin, who married 
Peter Mayhowe, as mentioned in Collins, Mayhew would have been kins- 
man of Tristram not remote. Whether this be so or not, Thomas Mayhew, 
having procured for himself and son, in 1641, from Lord Sterling and Sir 
Ferinando Georges, conveyances of both the islands, Martha's Vineyard 
and Nantucket, eighteen years later (July 2, 1659) conveyed Nantucket to 
Tristram Coffin and his associates, reserving about a tenth part for himself. 
He sent Peter Folger, grandfather of Benjamin Franklin, who had come 
with him from Watertown, and was familiar with the Indian languages, with* 
Tristram to explore. Tristram, soon after reaching Nantucket, purchased 
of Potinot, an Indian sagamore, the island of Tuckernuck, at its westerly 
end, containing a thousand acres. 

Whether James Coffin came with his father, Tristram, at that time, or 
later in the fall with Thomas Macy, Edward Starbuck, and Isaac Colman, 
after his father's return to Salisbury, is not clear, but James remained through 
the winter on the island as they did. May 10, 1660, the sachems of Nan- 
tucket conveyed to the associates for ^,^80 a large part of the island, Peter 
Folger being witness. 

Early in 1660, Tristram, with his family, came to Nantucket. Possibly 
some delay took place, as regarded them, in providing habitations. It was 
not long, however, before enough of the settlers and their families had ar- 
rived for their security and to plant their crops. Besides Tuckernuck, the 
Coffins had thus a quarter of the island, and much more in the sequel be- 
came theirs. Tristram took the lead from the first among the settlers, and 
was frequently selected to transact important pubhc business. His letters 
to the colonial government of New York, of which province Nantucket 
was then a dependency, are preserved in the archives of the department 
at Albany. In the records at Nantucket is an official oath of his, which 
runs as follows : 

"Whereas I, Tristram Coffin Senior, have received a commission dated 
the 16* of September 1677 investing me with power to be Chief Magis- 
trate on the Island of Nantucket and its dependencies for the four years 
ensuing, under further order, I, Tristram Cofliin aforesaid do engage my- 

8 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

self under the penalty of perjury to do justice in all causes that come be- 
fore me according to law, and endeavor to my best understanding, and 
hereunto I have subscribed — " 

Tristram Coffin 
Subscribed before Chief Magistrate, 

his son Peter. 
William, John 
and Stephen 
being his bondsmen. 

In 1 66 1 Tristram lost his mother, Joana Thember, who died in Bos- 
ton at the age (1584-1661) of seventy-seven. His daughter Elizabeth, 
born in England, 1634, died at the age of forty-four, the wife of Stephen 

The very admirable Mary Coffin, born at Haverhill, in 1644, married 
soon after their arrival at Nantucket, at the age of eighteen, Nathaniel, son 
of Edward Starbuck. Their daughter Mary was the first European child born 
on the island. Tristram gave them two hundred acres, near half his own al- 
lotment, at Capaum Pond, and there they resided near him about twenty 
years, till his death. Of noble character and disposition, superior powers, 
and extended influence, Mary was peerless in all the graces of woman- 
hood, and also an eloquent preacher among the Quakers. Her husband was 
every way a fitting companion for one so gifted and admirable. Their 
daily associations with Tristram and his wife, Dionis, must have been a 
mutual advantage and solace to them. She died in 171 7, at the age of 
seventy-two, her husband two years later, at eighty-three. 

It needs but a glance at your precious volume of the Coffins, Ewers, 
Folgers, and Gardiners, to see how rapidly multiplied the races of these 
early settlers, and how few comparatively were the prolific possessors of 
the earth, our then progenitors. It presents for study a somewhat unusual 
example of intermarriages on so small a scale which have not deteriorated 
the stock. 

Among these was Edward Starbuck, who died there, 1690, at the age 
of eighty-six. His son Nathaniel, who married Mary Coffin, sold his 
brother-in-law, Peter Coffin, his estate at Dover, to accompany his father. 
With him came his sister Dorcas, who married William Gayer ; and their 
daughter, Dorcas Gayer, in the course of events married their cousin, 
Jethro Starbuck ; and her sister, Damaris Gayer, Nathaniel Coffin, son of 
James. The brother of William Gayer, Sir John, who died 17 10, acquired 
a large fortune in Bombay, which he divided among his nephew John, son 
of William, and among his nieces Damaris and Dorcas and their brother 
John, who died in 1637, in Kent, in England, after marrying his cousin 
Jane. Peter Folger, in 1663, moved to Nantucket, and his youngest 
daughter, Abiah, and Josiah Franklin were the parents of Benjamin 
Franklin, Peter Folger' s grandchild. Peter married Judith, daughter of 
Stephen Coffin, and the intermarriages between the descendants of the 
early proprietors of the island soon made akin all the inhabitants. 

Among others who came were Richard Gardner, eldest son of Thomas, 
who, in 1624, held office under Conant at Cape Ann ; William Bunker, 
1 650-1 7 1 2, carried to Nantucket by his mother, Jane Godfrey, whose first 
husband, George, was drowned, 1658, when she married Richard Swaine, 
married, 1669, Mary, daughter of Thomas Macy ; Richard Pinkham, 
of Dover ; Thomas Coleman, who had come out with Sir Richard Salton- 

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stall, 1599-1682, and who left four sons ; and John Sanborne, of Hampton, 
by marriage, 1674, with Judith, daughter of the second Tristram Coffin, be- 
came connected with the island. 

In such a healthy climate, surrounded by the ocean, leading lives of 
purity and peace, dauntless afloat, industrious ashore, the whole globe 
with its waters alike by their voyages made familiar to their ken, it is no 
marvel that their numbers multiplied, or that the young grew up in 
physical perfection to transmit their precious inheritance of health and 
strength and comeliness of character and intellectual power, not only 
throughout their favored island, but over the country of which it formed 
so insignificant a part. 

Tristram lived out his four years as Chief Magistrate, and as his term 
reached its close, his venerable form was borne from his home near Capaum 
Pond to the graveyard, half a mile away on the ridge. The actual sj^ot 
can no longer be identified. The earliest stone remaining, that of John 
Gardner, dates twenty-five years later. Tradition points out a depression 
in the ground where is said to have stood Tristram's dwelling, another 
where once existed the Quaker meeting-house ; but all around has been 
long since abandoned for human habitations. 

We can easily conjure up that throng of noble men and women, devout 
and sad, his sons and daughters, their children, friends, and kinsfolk, who 
accompanied his remains to their last resting-place. But Tristram needs 
no monument to perpetuate his memory. The thousands and tens of thou- 
sands who look back with pride and aifection to him, their honored progen- 
itor, multiplying with their generations, will keep in perennial bloom the 
fragrance of his active and useful life, of his traits and works. 

If sandy and not very responsive to the plough, Nantucket has been 
ever famous for its flocks and herds. Its most abundant harvests were 
nevertheless from the ocean. Even before Tristram passed away, " Lost 
at Sea " was a frequent epitaph for its dauntless mariners. They possessed 
many ships of their own ; sailed many from other places. 

In his well-known burst of eloquence in Parliament, Burke, in 1774, 
pays just tribute : 

" Look at the manner in which the New England people carry on the 
whale fishery. While we follow them among the tumbling mountains of 
ice, and behold them penetrating into the deepest frozen recesses of Hud- 
son Bay and Davis Strait, while we are looking for them beneath the 
Arctic Circle, we hear that they have pierced into the opposite region of 
polar cold ; that they are at the antipodes, and engaged under the frozen 
serpent of the South. Falkland Islands, which seem too remote and too 
romantic an object for the grasp of national ambition, is but a stage and 
resting-place for their victorious industry. Nor is the equinoctial heat 
more discouraging to them than the accumulated winter of both the poles. 
We learn that while some of them draw the line or strike the harpoon on 
the coast of Africa, others run the longitude and pursue their gigantic game 
along the coast of Brazil." 

Their gigantic game has been almost exterminated, as the buffaloes on 
the prairie. Other ports have attracted their trade, and the population is 
now but one-half of what it was in its palmiest prosperity. But its children 
are not degenerate, though forced to seek other fields for their victorious 
industry. Everywhere are to be found accomplished ship-masters of its 
familiar names. William Coffin, who first settled in Boston, as his father 

lO Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. ' [Jan., 

Nathaniel, who died in Nantucket (1721) at the age of fifty-five, traversed 
the sea in command of vessels. The proximity of their ancestral home in 
Devon to the shores may have implanted in their blood tastes and aptitudes 
for maritime adventure, which gained strength as they found wider employ- 
ment on this side the Atlantic. 

Gardners, Macys, Bunkers, no less than the Cofiins ; this showed the 
mettle of their pasture. Nor was the invigorating influences of its climate, 
tempered as it was by the Gulf Stream, confined to its vikings. Daughters 
as well as sons of Dorcas and Damaris won eminence in their various pur- 
suits. No more admirable examples of womanhood than Mary Coffin and 
Dorcas Starbuck have been transmitted for emulation. The Quaker faith, 
tried by persecution among the Puritans, found elements congenial in the 
pure, salt air, as in the anxieties and bereavements that attended life on the 
sea. Nor did they grow up in ignorance. Refinements from civilization 
beyond the Atlantic had become their inheritance through many genera- 
tions. Tristram Coffin, Thomas Mayhew, John, his grandson, from the 
Vineyard, these mothers in Israel themselves exhorted and pra)'ed. Their 
simple trust, and the amiable disposition which these tenets fostered, 
fruited in generous deed and noble trait. We must all remember within 
our own experience men and women, even when separated by place and 
circumstances from the fold, still bearing unmistakable impress of their 
insular home, as also of its creed, in the beauty of their lives and well- 
regulated character. 

In the " Life " of Tristram by Mr. Allen Coffin, pubHshed in Nan- 
tucket, 1881, the year of the jubilee, in that of Sir John, brother of Sir 
Isaac, by Captain Henry, published simultaneously in New York, we 
have much information about the Coffins during the last six or seven cen- 
turies, not repeated here for want of space. In the New England Register 
and other works and periodicals, there is much all of us, who honor 
the memory of our Coffin progenitors, should know. But my subject is 
the career of Sir Isaac, and to that I return. 

My intention had been to follow Tristram to Nantucket, tell of the brave 
men and women that peopled that island, render homage to his admirable 
daughter, Mrs. Starbuck, to Dorcas and Damaris Gayer, and to all the 
noble patriarchs whose descendants over the land prove the mettle of their 

I had hoped to have stated the old line of Alwington, of the Pine- 
Coffins, its present proprietors, through their exemplary generations. But 
I must hurry on and confine my story to Sir Isaac and his special branch. 

From Tristram's third son. James, came Sir Isaac. James was Judge 
of the Common Pleas, and for twelve years of Probate, and when forty 
years later he passed away, at the age of eighty, he was as generally loved 
and respected. His wife Mary, daughter of John Severance, one of the 
earliest settlers (1637) of Salisbury, had fourteen children wedded with six 
Gardners, with Starbuck, two Bunkers, with Macy, Barnard, Clark, 1721, 
and Harker. The third son, Nathaniel, 1666— 172 1, by his wife Damaris, 
daughter of William Gayer and Dorcas Starbuck, and niece of Sir John 
Gayer, had four sons and five daughters.* William, the eldest son of Na- 

* In London there is said still to exist a chapel erected by Sir John Gayer, Mayor in 1649, somewhat his- 
torical from the stand he took in trying times. Sir John Gayer, uncle of Mrs. Nathaniel Coffin, left fifteen 
thousand pounds for the nurture and education of students for the ministry in London, but he must be a 
generation later than the Mayor. The Mayor was from South Devon. He may have been father of this 
second Sir John, and William the father of Dorcas and Damaris, Mrs. Coffin, and Mrs. Starbuck, to whom 
Sir John, of Bombay, left considerable estates. 

i886.] Adfniral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. j I 

thaniel, born in 1691, in 1722 married Ann, daughter of Francis Holmes, 
of Boston and South Carolina. This event brought William, grandfather 
of Sir Isaac, to Boston, where he dwelt in honor and affluence till 1774, 
father and grandfather of that memorable family among the refugee loyal- 
ists who took, some may think, the wrong side in our struggle for inde- 

When William Coffin, upon his marriage with Ann Holmes, took up his 
abode in Boston, the place had become a centre of trade, with nearly 
twenty thousand inhabitants. The towns along the shore and in the in- 
terior depended upon it for garments, and, in part, often for food. It was 
already metropolitan in fashion and in enlightenment. William's mother, 
Damaris Gayer, lived on at Nantucket till 1764, reaching the great age 
of ninety, universally beloved. She had derived a considerable estate, 
as related, from her uncle, her father, and brother ; but she had nine chil- 
dren to provide for. By his own prudence and good sense, and from his 
wife's inheritance, William soon acquired a competence. He joined the 
Episcopal Church, and held the position for several years of senior 
warden of Trinitj'. His death in 1774, as the war broke out, saved him 
from witnessing the exile and wide-spread confiscation that awaited his 
sons. He had had thirteen children of his own, six of them married, who 
were also prolific. His children, and children's children, counted up 
about sixty when he died, about the same number as his great-grandfather 
Tristram's at his death a century before. But of William's descendants 
bearing the name of Coffin, all have died out in Massachusetts, and not 
many remain in England, Canada, or South Carolina. 

Nathaniel, second son of William Coffin, born in 1727, graduate of 
Harvard College, 1744, received, in 1750, an honorary degree at Yale. 
Brought up a merchant, he was early appointed King's Cashier of the 
Customs, and acquired considerable property. His wife was Elizabeth 
Barnes, whom he married in 1748. They resided near the corner of Essex 
Street and Rainsford Lane, in Boston, where John and Sir Isaac were 
born. The tide of the inner harbor washed up to the garden walls. 
Near by, in front, stood the Liberty tree, on the main street, which 
Nathaniel, the oldest brother of Sir Isaac, cut down in 1774. John, born 
1755, after winning great honors by his courage and conduct on the British 
side in the American Revolution, in its Southern campaigns from 1780 to 
the peace, died the eldest general in the British Army in 1838. He had 
three sons and two daughters, and his descendant, Captain Henry Coffin, 
of the British Navy, pubHshed, as we have related, a memoir of him in 
1880. One other brother of Sir Isaac, and the youngest, Jonathan Perry, 
was a barrister of repute in London. His sisters, Elizabeth and Christian, 
died in 1826, unmarried. 

Their sister, Catherine, first married Richard Barwell, of Stansted, dis- 
tinguished in India, where three of his sons held positions of dignity and 
trust on the bench, in the treasury, and on the council board. Her 
second husband was Edward Miller Mundy. Catherine Coffin had only 
one child by Mr. Mundy, Admiral George, of Holly Bank, Hants, whose 
distinguished career in the naval service of England in the great war with 
Napoleon, was wise and brave, and gained him great renown. Ann 
married Mr. Kallbeck. 

Isaac, the subject of this memoir, third son of Nathaniel, born in 
Boston in 1759, ^.t eight years of age — in 1766 — entered the Boston Latin 

1 2 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

school. He was a diligent student in a class that embraced numerous 
celebrities, and when in Parliament he acknowledged himself indebted to 
the methods and discipline of the Boston schools for his apt classical quo- 
tations, then a mode much in vogue in that august assemblage. His rapid 
progress and attainments in nautical science, which likewise remain 
recorded, may have been in some measure due to the mental training of 
Master Lovell in other branches of learning. 

His constitution was, however, too vigorous, his animal spirits too 
buoyant for scholarship alone to mark his schoolboy days. He led the 
sports of the playground, and on the fifth of November, the anniversary 
of the gunpowder plot, was more than once selected as the leader of the 
burlesque solemnities of the occasion, which were left to the boys of the 
town for fitting commemoration. 

His paternal abode, as mentioned near the corner of what is now Har- 
rison Avenue, at the then south end of the town, was near the Common, 
and in the frequent battles with foot- or snowball, or with fisticuffs, his 
activity and strength made him the champion of his party of Southenders, 
as they were called. 

Living surrounded by the sea, sailing on its bays and harbors, and 
haunting its wharves and vessels, his love for maritime pursuits early devel- 
oped. At the age of fourteen he entered the Royal Navy under the auspices 
of Rear-Admiral John Montague. By him he was confided to the care of 
Lieutenant William Hunter, at that period commanding the brig Gaspee, 
and who thus spoke of his pupil : 

" Of all the young men I ever had the care of, none answered my ex- 
pectations equal to Isaac Coffin. He pleased me so much that I took all 
the pains in my power to make him a good seaman ; and I succeeded to 
the height of my wishes ; for never did I know a young man acquire so 
much nautical knowledge in so short a time. But when he became of use 
to me, the Admiral thought proper to remove him. We parted with con- 
siderable regret." 

Mr. Coffin, after quitting the Gaspee, served as midshipman succes- 
sively on board the Captain, Kmgfisher, Fowey, and Diligent, on the 
Halifax Station ; from the latter vessel he was removed into the Romney, 
of fifty guns, bearing the flag of his patron at Newfoundland, and in the 
summer of 1778 he obtained a lieutenancy and the command of the Pla- 
centia cutter. In the following spring he served as a volunteer on board 
the Sybil frigate, Captain Pasley, and was soon after appointed to the 
command of Le Pincon, an armed ship. On this vessel, owing to the 
negligence of the sailing master who had charge of her, he had the misfor- 
tune to be wrecked on the coast of Labrador ; upon which he returned to 
St. John's, where he was tried by a court martial and fully acquitted, his 
conduct being considered that of an able officer and seaman wholly free 
from blame. 

By following such traces as the naval histories of Great Britain afford 
of these several ships, we can reasonably conjecture the part Coffin took 
in our Revolutionary War. We learn what duties were performed by each 
of them, and we have no reason to doubt, from his rapid promotion, of his 
efficiency and zeal. We know that his patron. Admiral Montague, pro- 
tected the rear of Howe's retreat from Boston, in 1776, that the ships to 
which he belonged were often engaged with the enemy, and that they cap- 
tured several valuable prizes, in which actions he participated. But inter- 

1 886,] Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. 1 3 

esting as this view of the war of Independence was from the decks of 
English fleets, little comparatively is familiar to American students of their 
history, or known of Coffin's own experiences to relate them here as inci- 
dents in his life. 

In November, 1779, Coffin, now lieutenant, went to England and was 
appointed to the Adamant, about to be launched at Liverpool. In June, 
1780, that ship sailed for Plymouth under jury masts; and in the month 
of August following she was ordered to convoy the trade bound to New 
York. His next appointment was to the London, of ninety-eight guns, the 
flag-ship of Rear Admiral Graves, then second in command on the coast 
of America, and from her he removed into the Royal Oak, a third-rate, 
under Vice-Admiral Arbuthnot, to whom he acted as signal lieutenant in 
the action off Cape Henry, March 16, 1781. As he rose in rank and was 
clothed with graver responsibilities, the part he took was more conspicu- 
ous, and we may mention, even in connection with an officer so young as 
he was, much of what took place. 

The events of the first four years of the war, from 1775 to 1779, are 
sufficiently familiar; D'Estaing's repulse at Savannah and Prescott's evac- 
uation of Newport in October, 1779; its reoccupation by Tiernay in 
July, 1780. The reduction of Charleston, defeat of Gates at Camden, 
defection of Arnold, capture at sea of Henry Laurens, had followed in 
quick succession. Congress sent, in December, 1780, John, son of its 
captured president, who had gained glory in the recent battles, to help 
extricate his father from the Tower, and arrange with King Louis, Frank- 
lin, and Vergennes for the coming campaign. Britain, disappointed, had 
sued for peace by arbitration, which France was disposed to concede on 
condition of American independence. Meanwhile the King urged his allies 
to make strenuous exertions to better their condition, which seemed also 
the English policy, that they might respectively treat to better advantage. 

Arnold's sack of Virginia, Cornwallis' march to Yorktown, manoeuvred 
thither by Lafayette, Wayne, and Greene, were preparing the crisis. The 
King, in March, '81, had promised millions of money, arms, and garments. 
He provided for the co-operation of De Grasse, with a formidable fleet 
and several thousand men from the West Indies, with Washington and 
Rochambeau in the Chesapeake at the end of August. 

A French squadron in March, 1781, had a partial engagement at Cape 
Henry with Admiral Arbuthnot, under whom Coffin, as mentioned, served 
as signal lieutenant. Washington and Rochambeau in July passed round 
New York, reaching the Chesapeake as De Grasse with his twenty-four line- 
of-battle ships made his appearance. The English leaders, both on land 
and along shore, had been on the watch, and Graves, Hood, and Drake, 
with nineteen ships, hovered near. Upon their arrival, De Grasse stood 
out to sea, the British fleet following. In the engagement of the 5th of 
September that ensued, the British lost a few hundred men and De Grasse 
accomplished his object. De Barres, who had come down from Newport, 
improved the occasion to enter the bay, and the two French fleets thus 
hermetically sealed it against the British.- Graves hurried back to Sandy 
Hook for reinforcements ; but when he returned with seven thousand men, 
sent by Clinton to relieve Cornwallis, on the 24th of October, it was too 
late, Cornwallis had already surrendered. 

How it ch^ced that Coffin took no more active part in these oper- 
ations may be thus explained. After the battle of March i6th, on the 

I A Admiral Sir Isaac Coffi?i, Bart. [Jan., 

return to New York, the Royal Oak, after taking several valuable prizes, 
had grounded and was sufficiently injured to be hove down at Halifax. In 
the middle of June arrived a vessel from Bristol with the remains of his 
father, who had died on board the day before of gout. Having held an 
important position under government, his obsequies at St. Thomas, on 
Broadway, showed due regard to his memory. Isaac was placed soon after 
in command of the Avenger, the advanced post of the British up the 
North River, which he held during the autumn, till he exchanged with 
Sir Alexander Cochrane for the Pocahontas and joined Hood early in 
January at Barbadoes. 

Lord Hood had been often in Boston. His wife's uncle, Captain John 
Linzee, had there married the daughter of Ralph Inman, of Cambridge. 
Lord Hood was present at this marriage, as afterward at that in the same 
apartment in the house of Mr. John Rowe (who had also married an Inman), 
of Linzee's daughter Hannah to my namesake and father's brother. 
Under the same roof William H, Prescott, whose wife was the daughter 
of Hannah Linzee, wrote his earlier histories. Hood well knew Coffin, 
and it required very little solicitation on his part to invite him to serve on 
board the Barfleur, his flagship. 

Soon after the surrender at Yorktown Hood had sailed for Barbadoes, 
awaiting De Grasse. January 14, 1782, soon after Coffin had joined him, 
he learned that De Grasse had relinquished his plan of attacking Barbadoes, 
and gone to St. Kitts, where De Bouille had landed eight thousand troops, 
the British garrison under Frazer consisting of but six hundred men. 

Deciding to attack the French fleet at anchor to save the place, Hood 
embarked Prescott, who had twice been in command at Newport, with the 
few troops that could be spared from Antigua, and set sail. At daybreak he 
signalled for battle ; but the Alfred, running foul of the Nymph, arrested the 
prosecution of the design, in order to repair damages. De Grasse put to 
sea to have more room to manoeuvre, and thus secure the advantage of 
his superiority in numbers. At daylight on the 25th, the French 
fleet, twenty-nine sail strong, formed in line of battle three leagues to 
leeward. Hood, who had but twenty-two, pushed the enemy still farther 
to leeward while he took possession of Basse Terre, the position Hood 
had left. The Count, astonished at these excellent operations which cut 
him off from his army, made a furious onset on the British rear, commanded 
by Affleck, who, under an incessant fire, covered the ships till they reached 
their several stations. 

The next morning the French admiral attacked again the British, van 
and rear, but was repulsed, losing a thousand men. His own flagship, the 
Ville de Paris, present of that city to the King, all the next day lay upon 
her heels covering her shot-holes. The siege proceeded with various 
success, till De Bouille arrived with four thousand fresh troops, when 
Frazer capitulated. Hood, on the 19th, reached Antigua, and joined, 
a few days later Lord Rodney, with reinforcements from England. 

These operations form an epoch in the annals of the British Navy. 
Compelling an enemy of a superior force to quit his anchorage, taking 
himself the situation thus left during action, defeating every attempt to 
force the position, and cutting the enemy off from his army. It was a 
lesson in naval tactics that will ever be deservedly regarded with admiration, 
both for Hood's skill in these masterly manoeuvres, and for the bravery and 
precision with which they were executed by those under his orders. 

1 886. J Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. jr 

While at Santa Lucia, Rodney, learning that De Grasse, with 5,500 
men and heavy guns, had pushed for St. Domingo to reduce it, overtook 
him on April 7th, and the battle of the 9th and victory of the 12th were 
the results. The battle on the 12th began at seven in the morning. It 
was fought in a large basin of water lying among the islands of Guadaloupe, 
Dominique, the Saints, and Marie Galante. Both on the windward and 
leeward of this bay lay dangerous shores. As day broke, Rodney closed 
up his line at one cable length instead of at two, as usual, each ship as she 
ranged up to her opponent giving and receiving a tremendous fire. At 
noon, with his own ship, the Formidable, and three more, he bore down 
upon the enemy within three ships of the centre and broke through. His 
other ships followed, doubling upon the enemy and placing them between 
two fires. Rodney then wore and signalled the van to tack ; they gained 
the windward and completed the disorder and confusion of the French. 

The French continued the combat, attempting to reform their broken 
line by the van breaking away to windward. Meanwhile Hood, in the 
Barfleur, earlier becalmed, rushed down upon the foe. The Canada, 74, 
took the Hector. Ingrefield in the Centaur attacked the Cesar ; the cap- 
tain nailed his colors to the mast and was killed. When she struck her 
mast went overboard, and she had not a foot of canvas without a shot-hole. 
The Glorieux fought bravely, but was forced to yield. The Ardent was 
retaken, the Diadem, 74, went down by a single broadside attributed to the 
Formidable, Rodney's flag-ship. 

Between the French ship, the Ville de Paris, and the Canada, a desper- 
ate action raged for two hours. De Grasse seemed determined to sink 
rather than strike. The Barfleur, Hood's flag-ship, on which was Coffin, 
at sunset poured in a fire which killed sixty men outright, and De Grasse 
struck to Hood. It is said that at the time she struck but three men were 
left alive and unhurt on the upper deck, and the Count was one. 

Hood despatched in pursuit of the French vessels that attempted to 
escape, overtook and captured four. The whole loss of the French 
amounted to eight vessels, one of which was sunk and another blown up. 
On the Ville de Paris were thirty-six chests of money to pay the troops. She 
was said to have been at that time the only first-rate ever carried into port 
by any commander of any nation. The French lost 3,000 men, the British 
1,000. Rodney was made a peer of Great Britain, Hood of Ireland, Drake 
and Affleck baronets. 

Shortly after the battle of April 12, 1782, Captain Coffin, who had re- 
joined his sloop, went with part of the crew of the Santa Amonica, which 
had been wrecked at Tortola, to Jamaica, where, through the influence of 
Hood, he was appointed by Lord Rodney captain of the Shrewsbury, of 74 
guns, and confirmed in that rank June 13, 1782, sixty days later, when only 
twenty-two years of age. This indicates the estimate of both Hood and 
Rodney of his ability, prudence, and courage, of the value of his services in 
these recent operations. 

While still in command of the sloop Pocahontas at Antigua, the town 
of St. Johns caught fire and in a short space was nearly consumed. Coffin, 
with the crew of his sloop and other sailors collected by his exertions, at 
length succeeded in arresting the progress of the flames, at the imminent 
risk of his life. For this service he had the satisfaction of receiving an 
address of thanks from the legislative body of the island. 

The war ended, and though he had gained a permanent position in the 

1 5 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

Navy, there was much to discourage him in finding his vocation thus 
changed, if not gone. His family was broken up. The remains of his 
father lay in their last resting place in St. Thomas' graveyard in New York. 
John, at the age of twenty-one, had raised a mounted rifle corps in New 
York called the Orange Rangers, which, with him as their commandant, 
took part in the battle of Long Island, August 27, 1776, and in that of 
Germantown, October 4, 1777. Later, he exchanged into the New York 
Volunteers, was at San Lucie and Brier's Creek in 1779, at Camden in 
1780, at Holkirk's Hill, near Camden, April 25th, and at Eutaw Springs 
September 8, i78r. He is mentioned as a brave and successful cavalry 
officer, with commendation in nearly every other engagement of the South- 
ern campaign, constantly in desperate encounters and coming off victor- 
ious. Though a purse of ten thousand dollars was offered for his capture, 
he escaped to Charleston, where he married, as the war closed. Miss 
Matthews, and establishing himself later on his manor of Alwington, on 
the St. John's, in New Brunswick, he lived till he was eighty-two in great 
honor. That at the close of the war of Independence, at the age of twenty- 
seven, his rank was only that of a major, that he was not promoted to a 
higher rank, as urged by Howe and Cornwallis, is attributed to enmity at 
court for telling the truth of a favorite. He was at the head of the gen- 
erals when he died. 

As he has had recently (1880) his biographer in one of his descendants, 
Captain Henry Coffin, of the Royal Navy, this is not the place to relate 
more particularly his brilliant achievements or numberless anecdotes well 
remembered. I vividly recall his tall commanding figure and marvellous 
bright eyes, in my early home in Park Street, in Boston, where he was a 
frequent visitor of my father, who had charge of his aff"airs as of his 
brother's. He was more sedate than Isaac, but both were brilliant speci- 
mens of the race. He was beloved and greatly esteemed by his numerous 
cousins, and splendid salmon from the river near his home were often sent 
by him for their enjoyment. He also, Hke his brother, if not on so grand 
a scale, in order to promote our stock, sent fine horses to the Agricultural 
Society at Brighton. 

The brothers of nearly the same age, and the best of friends, Isaac 
may well have wished to have been present at John's wedding to Miss 
Matthews, that took place toward the close of 1782. Charleston lay on 
the route from Antigua, and it would not have been strange if, in the spirit 
of mutual consideration that prevailed in the service, such an opportunity 
had been given him. If so, it does not appear. 

War over, and the Shrewsbury paid off, Cofllin exchanged into the Hy- 
dra, and going home, was put out of commission. His previous visits to Eng- 
land had been brief and on professional duty. This new experience to 
one who, at the age of twenty-two, had gained the rank of captain, and 
by his valuable services made his mark as one of the best officers of the 
Navy, might have turned the head of one less sensible. 

To be his own master, with abundance of prize money, plenty of 
companions Uke dashing blades to share it, must have been replete with 
gratification. Many of his family and friends from Boston had taken up 
their abode in London, and the refugee loyahsts formed there a large circle. 
They were all disposed to like Isaac, a handsome young fellow with pleas- 
ant ways, generous and unpretending, loaded with laurels. If the highest 
honors of the war attached to superior rank and more distinguished com- 

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mand, he had done enough to be held in estimation among his own inti- 
mates, by the great naval celebrities, and by the public. 

He was much in France while thus on furlough. Paris still retained the 
glamour of the old regime. If heavy taxes or arbitrary power created wide- 
spread discontent and disaffection, there were as yet few indications of 
the caldron seething beneath, soon to overwhelm. It is much to be wished 
more of his correspondence had survived to give us his own impressions 
of Paris then. He wrote well and with the vivacity that characterized his 
conversation. Possibly many more of his letters may exist of all periods 
of his life, and if so, they should be collected. 

Sir Guy Carleton, who could hardly have saved Canada for the crown, 
in 1 7 75, without the aid of the Coffins, and whose private secretary through- 
out his career was Isaac's cousin, Sir Thomas Aston Coffin, was now, in 
1786, appointed Governor of Canada. It was ])robably at his request that 
Isaac was appointed to the Thisbe, to take him with his family and suite to 
Quebec, He had been created Lord Dorchester, that being an old title 
in the Carleton family. The ship arrived at Quebec late in the season, 
and, lest she should be frozen up. Coffin proceeded, two days later, to 
Halifax for the winter, returning in the spring to Canada, and remained 
there for some months. 

At this time a circumstance occurred to disturb his serenity, though 
later he was entirely exonerated from any blame. It had been long the 
custom in the English naval service, among other abuses working occa- 
sional injustice and demanding reform, to retain on the ship rolls the names 
of young officers while pursuing their studies ashore ; so that they might 
not, while qualifying themselves for their responsible duties, lose their pre- 
cedence for promotion. Many years before, in consequence of some unfair 
advantage that had been taken of this indulgence, a regulation prohibiting 
such practices had been adopted by the Admiralty. It chanced at this very 
time someone again had been aggrieved, and attention been called to the 
prevalence of what had been prohibited. It was discovered that two such 
cases were on the rolls of the Thisbe, not placed there with the knowledge 
of Coffin, but which it was his duty as captain to have discovered and struck 
off. Upon inquiry and complaint he was suspended, and indignant at what 
he conceived unfair treatment, he proceeded to Flanders, and entered into 
the service of the Brabant patriots then in arms against Austria. 

This decree of suspension by the board, when appealed from to the 
twelve judges, was by them declared illegal on the part of the Admiralty 
and set aside. This put an end to the suspension and restored him to his 
standing in the service. Upon the Spanish armament in 1 790, on the Nootka 
Sound dispute, he was appointed to the Alligator, and in the following 
spring, having received the flag of Commodore Cosby, was ordered to 
America, whence he returned home with Lord Dorchester and his family the 
following autumn. 

While thus stationed at Halifax, he visited Quebec on furlough, and 
remained there a twelvemonth. He naturally found the place attractive 
socially as in other ways. Besides his cousin, Thomas Aston, son of his. 
uncle William, his Uncle John resided in that city with his family, who 
were about his own age. John, early after the outbreak of hostilities at. 
Boston, had taken his wife, Isabella Child, and eleven surviving of his- 
tifteen children, six sons and five daughters, in his own ship, the Neptune,. 
to Quebec. He there purchased land, and when Montgomery and, 

1 3 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

Arnold arrived in December, 1775, to besiege the city, he remodelled the 
buildings he was constructing for another purpose into a fortification. This 
he armed with guns from a vessel frozen in for the winter, and with Barne- 
fare, its captain, stood ready with a small force to oppose the assailants. 
With the first volley he slew Montgomery and his two aids, on the last day 
of the year 1775, as they attempted to take his fort by assault. This, with 
Arnold's subsequent loot of Montreal, which disaffected the Canadians, 
saved Canada for the British crown. 

The sons of John all reached distinguished rank in the British civil and 
military service, and three of his daughters were connected with it by 
marriage. Isabella married Colonel McMurdo, whose sons gained dis- 
tinction in India ; Susannah, Hon. John Craigie, provincial treasurer, whose 
son, an admiral, died in 1872 at Dawlish ; his daughter Margaret, Sir 
Roger Hailes Sheaff, born in Boston, who for his victory at Queenstown 
Heights, October 13, 181 2, was made a baronet. One of the sons of John, 
Francis Holmes, in the navy throughout the war with France, served with 
distinction and died an admiral in 1835, and his son, Sir Isaac Tristram, 
ICC, died in 1872 at Black Heath, having won his laurels in India. 

\Vniile on his way up the river to Quebec in 1786, the Thisbe was be- 
calmed off the Magdalen Islands in the St. Lawrence, and struck by their 
appearance, perhaps the more attractive from the autumnal splendors. 
Coffin requested, probably not in very serious earnest, that Lord Dorchester, 
as representative of the crown, would bestow them on him. This request 
seemed reasonable to the governor. Jt was not received at first with favor at 
home, but renewed the following year in more formal manner, was eventu- 
al!)' granted. The letters-patent were not expedited until 1798, during the 
governorship of Robert Prescott. In his will Sir Isaac entailed these islands 
on his nephew, John Townsend Coffin, and his sons, John's brother, Henry 
Edward, his cousin William, and several other branches of his own name, 
and then on the Barwells, his sister's sons. 

After his return to Europe, while lying at the Nore during a heavy gale, 
a man fell overboard, and Coflin leaped after him into the sea and succeeded 
in saving his life. He sustained by his efforts a serious injury, which fre- 
quently afterward reminded him of this act of humanity. 

Another heroic act, of somewhat similar character, has been related of 
his promptness in emergencies. While at Portsmouth, or some other 
naval station, and, it is believed, still a subaltern, his ship, one of the line, 
caught fire, which being in close proximity to the magazine, sailors and 
marines rushed with precipitation to the gangway to escape the instantly 
expected explosion. By authority, or example, he changed their purpose, 
and the men going to quarters, saved the ship. 

Soon after his return the Alligator was paid off. After visiting 
Sweden, Denmark, and Russia he returned home upon the troubles with 
France, and in charge of the Melampus frigate was employed on Channel 
service to the close of 1794. While exerting himself on a boisterous 
night, when the frigate was in great danger of destruction, he sustained a 
similar injury to that at the Nore, which compelled him to leave his shij:), 
and for some time he remained a cripple. Nine months later, however, 
while recovering his strength at Leith on service, he was sent as resident 
commissioner of Corsica, and remained till October, 1796, when the island 
was evacuated. From Elba he was removed to Lisbon to take charge for 
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despatched to superintend the arsenal at Port Mahon when Minorca fell 
into the hands of the English, and from there ordered to Nova Scotia in the 
Venus frigate. At Halifax, and afterward at Sheerness, as resident commis- 
sioner, he was employed till April, 1804, when appointed rear-admiral he 
hoisted his flag on the Gladiator on duty at Portsmouth, and the following 
month he was created a baronet. The record recites the grant of the 
Magdalen Islands in the St. Lawrence, for his unremitting zeal and perse- 
vering efforts in the public service. He was promoted four years later to 
the grade of vice-admiral, which ended his naval duties afloat, though he 
became full admiral in 1814 by regular seniority. 

This sketch of his services at sea is very incomplete. The memoir of 
him in 1822, by Marshall, in London, when he was in Parliament, is brief, 
and the obituary in The Gentle7na?i' s Magazine when he died, not even 
as extended. I have no data of his cruise in the Pacific, along the shore 
of Australia, mentioned by Mr. Allen Coffin, which has left its trace on the 
charts in Sir Isaac's Point and Coffin's Bay. It seems more likely to have 
taken place about the close of the last century or the beginning of this. 

His prize money in such troubled times had been considerable. This 
he entrusted to my father, one of his cousins in his native place, favorably 
circumstanced, to invest it to advantage, and it was said that the income 
finally equalled the original deposits. He made frequent visits to his early 
home in the course of his busy life upon the sea, having made more than 
thirty voyages to and fro to America. 

Affluent and a baronet, he naturally longed for a home and inclined to 
transmit his baronetcy to his posterity. March, 181 1, he married Elizabeth 
Browne, the only child of William Greenly, of Titley Court, in Hereford- 
shire. Her family, brought up with rigid notions of propriety, did not take 
kindly to the hearty and jovial ways which characterized naval officers, and 
the match proved less happy than expected. 

It is said that on one occasion, returning to Titley Court on some par- 
ticularly festal day, he ordered the sexton, as he passed through the village, 
to ring a merry peal and send the tenants to the mansion to drink a glass 
of ale. This mortally off"ended the lord of the manor, who thus found his 
prerogative invaded by the husband of his only child. Within a few years, 
satisfied of their utter incompatibility of temper, they very amicably, on 
both sides, arranged for independence of each other. 

Without intending to detract from her merit, the lady indulged in literary- 
tastes of a religious tendency. She was said to be addicted to writing ser- 
mons at night, to the disturbance of the slumbers of her rollicking spouse, 
and so, after a space they separated. She remained Lady Greenly and he 
resumed the name of Coffin. The fault was certainly not hers, who was a 
clever and exemplary woman, but somewhat eccentric in her ways. In 
after-life she was well known in Bath, England, remarkable for wearing, 
Welsh-woman fashion, a man's round hat, a riding habit cut short, and for 
wielding a gold-headed cane. She lived nearly as long as he did, but they 
barely met, though he made repeated overtures to reconciliation, some 
rather amusing. 

When shipwrecked in the Boston, struck by lightning on her way 
from Charlesto wn to Liverpool in 1829, in the boat for several days with 
little hope of rescue, for the seas were not then as much traversed as now, 
he expressed great affection for her, and gave his watch to the captain to 
send her should he himself not survive their perils and the captain be 

20 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

fortunate enough to escape. While in the crowded boat, on this occasion, 
with no shelter and little covering, and the scantiest supply of food and 
water, his own cheerfulness, interesting conversation, and ebullitions of 
good humor, kept his companions in heart and courage. 

It is the reasonable ambition of all Englishmen whose conditions and 
circumstances justify such aspirations, to be permitted to take part in the 
legislation and government of their country, and when his own health and 
the peace rendered active service in the Navy no longer desirable, his 
wish was gratified by his return to Parliament. One of his friends. Lord 
Darlington, had influence enough to secure his return in 1818, for the 
borough of Ilchester, for which he sat till the dissolution in 1826. His 
reputation and experience gave especial weight to his opinions when he 
took part, as he frequently did, in debates on naval affairs. What he said 
attracted attention to its practical good sense by the hilarity of his nature 
and happy stores of illustration that amused while they convinced. He 
was tall, robust, but of symmetrical proportions ; his voice powerful, and 
his countenance expressive and noble. His long habits of command and 
contention with the elements inspired confidence in himself, which com- 
manded that of the House. He was widely known and generally popular, 
and happily constituted to enjoy the social pleasures attending success, 
tempered in their indulgence by occasional twinges of gout. 

Among affluent and influential circles, nowhere more than in England, 
does the social board shape public opinion, develop and test ability, or 
even control affairs. This was more the case half a century ago than since 
reform bills have opened the door more widely to popular representation. 
Officials and legislators were exclusively selected from rank and wealth, or 
for extraordinary ability and statesmanship, and the aristocracy they repre- 
sented regarded the government as their especial concern. Much could 
be said in the privacy of social discussion which would have been wholly 
impolitic through the press, or in the halls of legislation. From memoirs 
and biographies since published, what took place behind the scenes has 
come to light to show how, and by whom, public affairs were conducted 
and managed. Many wise and noble statesmen were among the leaders, 
but much has transpired that had better have been consigned to oblivion. 
Social chat at the table was not altogether political ; it embraced every 
conceivable topic, and the brilliant encounters of wit, the profound specu- 
lation of philosophy, the flood of anecdote and historical reminiscences 
contributed to the intellectual banquet. 

From his varied opportunities and confidential acquaintance with "men 
and affairs, few had more to impart to the general entertainment of the 
hour than Sir Isaac. He possessed rich stores of the information most 
valued, and his jovial nature was contagious and irresistible. In the 
brilliant round of London hospitalities, in the happily-ordered routine of 
country life, where scores of able men met in the easiest freedom from 
constraint as guests together, he was everywhere an acquisition. I 
remember well weeks passed under the same roof with him when preparing 
for my college examinations. The family were in the country, and he was 
tied by the foot to his couch by the gout. But from morning till night, 
droll stories, amusing incidents, whimsies and oddities of every description 
exploded like fireworks from the aged man's pillow, intermingled with 
occasional garnish of more savage intensity at his anguish. 

I have still a vivid recollection of him in his undress uniform as a 

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British admiral, at an earlier period, in fine health and the perfection of 
physical maturity, on the wide lawn and in the spacious parlors of Belmont, 
his cousin's and my uncle's home. He was then tall and erect, with rich 
color in his cheeks and merry sparkle in his eye, brimming over with 
animal spirits, companionable, and with fitting chat for all. His funny 
words and ways were the delight and dread of the children, into whose 
frolics he entered with zest, bewildering their minds with his drolleries, 
both they and himself exploding with merriment at practical jokes too 
good-natured to offend. 

His impulses were quick and generous ; his disposition to be of service 
to his least fortunate kinsfolk he manifested by frequent visits and liberal 
benefactions ; and if occasionally awaking expectations which change of 
impression or circumstances disappointed, his imperfections as well as 
his noble traits, constituted a part of his character. 

While a guest at my father's summer house at Newton, he found in 
the pastor of the church there — Parson Homer — an excellent, learned, but 
somewhat eccentric clergyman, who had been his schoolmate at the Boston 
Latin school. The parson, who frequently came to dinner, was apt to be 
a little long over his grace, to the cooling of the soup. The renewal of 
their early friendship was a pleasure to both, and the dominie being versed 
in biblical lore, the Admiral added much to the enjoyment of his later 
years by the gift of a rare and costly Bible. 

What remains of his correspondence here is creditable to his good 
sense, to his ability as a writer, to his broad sympathies. Soon after the 
war ended, he established in our Massachusetts waters a school-ship for 
our mates and skippers to learn the art of navigation. The barge Clite, 
which he purchased for the purpose, was commanded by his kinsman. 
Captain Hector Coffin, of the Newburyport branch of the name, and he 
was imprudent enough, in 1826, to go up in her to Quebec, flaunting the 
American flag. These generous projects involved large expenditures, and 
when his brother. General John Coffin, of New Brunswick, urged him to 
abandon what gave umbrage at home, he cheerfully acquiesced in giving 
up what had cost him several thousands of pounds. His desire to be of 
service to the land of his birth, nevertheless, prompted other beneficent 
efforts. He sent over to Brighton, Barefoot, Serab, and several other 
race-horses that had recently triumphed in the Derby and other well-known 
courses to improve our breed. He brought over in crates, from English 
waters, turbot, the first of the European variety in our own, and imported 
rare fruits and plants for our horticulturists. 

He was warmly attached to Nantucket, where his ancestors and their 
descendants had dwelt for so many generations. lie visited the place 
and became acquainted with his kinsfolk, and in 1826 appropriated ten 
thousand dollars, afterward increased till now about ;^i 0,000, as a fund 
for a school for the instruction of the posterity of Tristram. This includes 
nearly every native-born child of the island, besides, perhaps, thousands in 
every State in the Union, who by future residence may come within its 
benefits. The Academy still flourishes, though if our present system of 
public instruction had then reached its present development, his benefac- 
tions would probably have assumed another form. 

Soon after his mishaps, to which we have already alluded, when burned 
out of the cotton ship when near Charleston, in 1829, he came to Pioston, 
and when some fresh attacks of his painful disorder induced by the ex- 
posure permitted, he hastened back to England. 

22 Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Bart. [Jan., 

The Duke of Clarence, William the Fourth, had succeeded his brother 
George on the throne. His long connection with the Navy attached to 
him the officers who had grown old with himself. It was said that when 
the King was urged to create new peers to carry the Reform Bill through 
the Lords, Sir Isaac was high up on his list as Earl of Magdalen. The 
House of Lords gave in and voted for the Reform Bill, and the proposed 
new peers were not created. Sir Isaac did not long survive his royal friend. 
The 23d of June, 1839, at the age of eighty, he died at Cheltenham, in 
Gloucestershire, and there he was buried. Lady Coffin preceded him to 
the tomb on the 27th of January of that year. His brother, General John 
Coffin, died the year before, his death having taken place June 12, 1838, in 
New Brunswick. 

Commodore Hull, of our Navy, was one of his correspondents, and 
General Wilson, one of your vice-presidents, has been good enough to 
permit me to read many letters that passed between them after the War 
of i8i2,and when the two countries were at peace. This correspondence 
displays alike in both the genial and generous traits which the Navy is thought 
peculiarly to foster. I propose to refer to one subject more than once 
mentioned in these letters, which, to use the old phrase, might seem only 
a fish story and for the marines, if not evidently believed by himself. It is 
in reference to the size attained in former days by lobsters on our coasts. 
In the freedom of intercourse around the table or on the quarter-deck, while 
once returning to America, he alleged that lobsters had been found 
weighing ninety pounds. Though given somewhat to rhodomontade, he 
seems in this instance to have believed the fact based on hearsay, if not 
on sight. My own fishmonger told me that within his experience in these 
waters twenty-five pounds was the largest that had come to his knowledge, 
but I have seen it stated that lobsters of much larger weight have been 
found down East, where there is more room for expansion and imagination. 
The size attained by turtles and other shell-fish in neighboring waters 
renders such possibilities less incredible. 

Apropos of Hull and Sir Isaac, my friend, General Wilson, in a recent 
address on Commodore Hull and the frigate Constitution, said : *' When in 
the presence of a Boston-born British admiral, another naval officer indulged 
in laudatory and extravagant comments on the capture of the Chesa- 
peake and endeavored to underrate the American naval victories of the 
War of 18 12-14, 3.nd particularly that gained over the Guerri^re, he said, 
* It was a lucky thing for your friend Broke that he fell in with the unpre- 
pared Chesapeake, and not with Hull and the Constitution. If he had, no 
Tower guns would have been heard celebrating a Shannon victory.' This 
manly and patriotic statement was made by Sir Isaac Coffin at the dinner 
table of the Duke of Wellington, and was related to me by his eldest son, 
the second Duke, who was present. On the same occasion, when some- 
one spoke sneeringly of the Americans as soldiers, a general of my own 
name remarked, ' I have been through the Penmsular campaign and was 
with the duke at Waterloo, but harder fighting I never saw than we had at 
Lundy's Lane.' " 

Sir Isaac's character was too racy and various not at times to provoke 
censure or criticism. He did so much that should not be forgotten, so 
much entitled to be remembered, that, had the times or the occasion al- 
lowed, I should mention several anecdotes that have come to my knowl- 
edge, which show what he was from all points of view. One incident may 

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serve to explain how sometimes he created ill-will by yielding too much to 
his impulses, 

1 have already mentioned that the judicious investment of his pay and 
prize money by one of his cousins had made him rich. In various ways 
he expressed his gratitude even to another generation. In a paper alluded 
to in his will he left bequests to a long list of his kindred, many of whom 
were in straitened circumstances, others better off. He did not forget 
bequeathing five hundred pounds to my father's children. He was a clever, 
pushing, energetic seaman, much given to rough humor, and practical 
jokes in vogue in his day. He was equally ready with hand and tongue, 
having upon one occasion pugilistically fought his way through a cabal of 
disappointed Portuguese contractors at Lisbon, intent on his destruction 
with the knife. 

But I have already exceeded my limit ; much omitted may find place in 
some future publication. I have not aimed at eulogy or indulged in illus- 
tration, but simply recited facts that have come to me from diligent study 
of the subject, many of whom had escaped previous investigation. The 
memory of a Boston boy, who by dint of his own native energy attained 
the highest rank in the British navy, a generous benefactor whose works 
still bear witness to the noble impulse that prompted them, thus rescued 
from oblivion in your publications, may find interested readers not only 
among his numberless kinsfolk, but even among a larger circle of readers. 

The engraving of Sir Isaac which accompanies this address is taken 
from a portrait by Gilbert Stuart, that formerly belonged to his cousin, 
Thomas C. Aniory, on Franklin Place, Boston, and in my earliest recollec- 
tion hung in the parlor of the house of my aunt, Mrs. Amory, the sister 
of Admiral Sir Samuel Hood I^inzee, cousin of Lords Hood and Bridport. 
It now forms part of the precious ancestral gallery of my cousin, Mr. Wil- 
liam Amory, of Beacon Street, Boston. 


By Benjamin W. Dwight, of Clinton, Oneida County, N. Y. 

In 1878, Professor Theodore W. Dwight, of New York, the writer's 
brother, spent the summer of that year in travelling, with his family, in 
England and on the continent. While in England he made direct and 
vigorous personal effort to find what proofs he could of early Dwight 
activity in English life. Happily he went to Henley-on-the-Thames, and 
found that there, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, large numbers 
of Dwights had lived and thrived ; and although no one of the name, or hav- 
ing any connection with it by marriage or descent, could be found to be now 
living in the place, they had left many evidences of their presence and 
activity there in those by-gone days, and had borne just such names and 
characteristics as have prevailed in the family in recent times and on other 
shores. He started upon his tour of foreign travel charged with the feel- 

24 Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Dwight Family. [Jan., 

ing to the full that in old England, and in Oxfordshire especially, there 
must be somewhere, hidden from view now, but discoverable by earnest 
effort still, the traces of the presence of our fathers and kinsmen on the 
old ancestral ground. His general legal knowledge led him to make a 
thorough search into what facts he might find revealed in the treasured 
stores of "The Somerset House," in London. This is a large government 
building used for preserving records of wills and public documents and 
government papers of permanent value. In carefully searching for what 
he might perchance here find concerning anyone of the name of Dwight, 
among records of wills or title-deeds of property, his attention was directed 
early and strongly toward Henley, and he determined to visit that spot 
speedily himself, to ascertain upon the ground what he could about the 
names and histories of any of the family name who might have been but a 
little while ago busy actors in its scenes. The discoveries that he made, 
in a brief but well-employed visit there, were large and satisfactory, and 
quite beyond any previous expectation on his part, or the supposed ex- 
istence of any such facile means of making the good headway for himself 
and others amid the great and as was generally thought impenetrable 
obscurities and uncertainties of other days, that he found to be in fact so 
ready at hand. The record here secured, and which the writer regards as 
of great and particular value in itself as a matter of new and curious in- 
formation to the family everywhere, is presented as an accurate Digest, in 
full detail, of the facts obtained by Professor Dwight, as reported to the 
writer from time to time in various letters. 

" Parish records began in England in the reign of Edward VI., in 1540- 
50. Such records began in Henley in 1558 ; and the first record of the 
D wights occurs there, under date of November, 1560, of the name of 
Priscilla Dwight, daughter of Richard. The name was spelled by the record- 
ing clerk, in the first record of it in Henley, as it is now with us.'' 

Professor Dwight found also, on more extended examination, refer- 
ences to Dwights as living in the town of Oxford, Oxfordshire, and in 
Newnham Murren, a parish in Langtree Hundred (Union of Wallingford, 
Oxfordshire). The vicarage is attached to North Stoke ; and Newnham 
Murren is a parish eleven miles from Henley. Henley itself is some thirty- 
five miles northerly from London on the Thames, lying in clear and smooth 
view from its banks, and is famous for a handsome tower supposed to have 
been built by Cardinal Wolsey, and a Gothic bridge designed, it is believed, 
by Sir Christopher Wren. The rising ground backward from the Thames 
is beautified with the country- seats of those who are both able and disposed 
to enjoy their wealth and their taste in such a way. Henley is known to 
the reading public of this country as a favorite resort for rowing-matches 
and regattas and prize contests. 

The name Dwight is plainly derived from Doit, or Doyt, or Doito, as an 
earlier form (the final o in this form of it having been probably attached to it 
in order to give distinct expression and significance to the final t, as radical 
to the word, which would have been otherwise left silent, according to the 
custom in French pronunciation. It is of Norman origin. There were 
persons in Normandy bearing the name in the year 1185. The names 
VViUiam, Ranald, Ralph, and Richard de Doito are all to be found there in 
•' The Great Rolls of the Exchequer of Normandy." See " Magni Rotuli 
Scaccaric'e de Normandie" (a book in the possession of the Society of Anti- 
quarians, in Normandy). 

1 886.] Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Dwight Family. 25 

So too, William del Doyt and his son Roger (a Norman name) are 
names found in the County of Oxford, in England, in Shipton-under-Wyche- 
wood, in the year 1272, reign of Edward I., as holders of land. The tenure 
under which they held the specific grant made to them, as well as then- 
own individual names, are given in a work published by the English 
Government, termed "Rotuli Hundredorum," p. 735 (or "Rolls of Hundreds, 
the word hundred being equivalent in such a use at that time to our word 
town). See on this point a book called " The Norman People in Eng- 
land," published by Henry S. King, London, 1874, p. 233. 

Persons of the name Uoyt are referred to in the <' Rotuli Normani^ 
(" Rolls of Normandy "), found in the Tower of London, and referring to let- 
ters and grants of the Kings of England in Normandy. The years included 
in the first volume of this work (printed by order of the English Govern- 
ment) are 1200-1257, and 1417. . , . - , ^ 
The roll of the fifth year of Henry V. contains letters of safe conduct, 
issued by the king, for persons who had submitted to his authority, or 
who, having been made prisoners, had paid ransom money for their liberty. 
On p 347, vol i., is found the following letter of protection to many per- 
sons, including knights ; and among others to Johes (for Johannes) du 
Doit de Sees (a town in Normandy), armiger (a knight). 

"The King to all persons, to whom these presents may come, Greet- 
ing • Know ye, that we have taken under our protection and defense, A. 
B Knicrht &c, our sworn liege, as well as his lands, goods, rents, and all 
his possessions. Done at the Royal Castle of D'Alen^on, in the Duchy 
of Normandy, Oct. 28 (5. Henry V.)." 
On p. 283 are the following words : 

" The King to all to whom these presents may come, Greeting : Know 
ye that as, we have received diverse rents &c for the support of four 
chaplains in the Holy Church of St. Sauveur, at Cadomus (or Caen) we 
have granted to our well-beloved William Clerc, John Le Seigneur, Thomas 
Lebouestre and William Du Doyt, now, ciiaplains of the said church, and 
to Nicholas Vernay, custodian and procurator of the fabric of said church, 
all the said rents— to be appropriated to prayers for our spiritual health ; 
and it is commanded to bailiffs, all and singular, to permit the said Chap- 
lains to receive all the rents as aforesaid, by the King himself." ^ 

"William Du Doyt" is thus shown to have been a royal, or kings, 
chaplain, in the Cathedral at Caen at that time (that of the " Holy Church 
of the Holy Saviour"). This book of " The Rollsof Normandy " only covers 
a period of one year, and in it there are two Doits named ; one a knight, 
or esquire, at Sees, and the other a chaplain of the Church of the Holy 
Saviour at Caen, Normandy. _ -i u ,. 

In Johnson's Cyclopedia, article Caen, vol. 1., p. 697, we read that 
Caen ( was formerly the capital of Lower Normandy, and that 
its streets are wide, regular, and clean ; and it has several fine public 
squares, and many noble specimens of ancient Norman architecture ; and 
that its houses are generally btiilt of an excellent cream-colored freestone, 
found in its vicinity, called Caen-stone, a light yellow building-stone an 
oolitic sandstone in its structure, easily worked, and often exported to 
England for building purposes. The Cathedral of St. Etienne in it was 
founded by William the Conquerer ; and the Church La Trinite by Queen 
Matilda, in the eleventh century. The castle commenced in it by William 
the Conqueror, and finished by his son, Henry L, was partially destroyed 

26 Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Dwight Family. [Jan., 

in 1793. Caen became subject to the Normans as early as 912. It was 
the residence of William, the Duke of Normandy, before he conquered 
England. It was taken and pillaged by Edward III., of England. It has 
now a population of more than forty thousand people, and is connected by 
rail with Paris. For an account of its public buildings, and for what varied 
manufactures it is celebrated, see article Caen in Cyclo])?edia. 

To Caen, in Normandy, is the first and earliest place to which the his- 
tory of the Dwights of America and England can now be directly and dis- 
tinctly traced. All honor to Professor Dwight, of Columbia College, New 
York, for the unlooked-for discovery, and for the good evidence which he 
has been able to furnish for the soundness of his convictions upon the sub- 
ject, and of ours, also, with him, in the same direction, measure for measure. 

Besides thus successfully tracing the Dwights to Normandy, and into 
the presence of William the Conqueror himself, as manifestly known to 
him, and under appointments of trust and honor by him, and proven there- 
by to have been men of character and worth, and not men at all of low 
auns and inadequate purposes, for a true and magnanimous life, in their far- 
off places of existence and action upon the borders of modern civilization — 
Professor Dwight has recently found, likewise, and almost, as it were, seem- 
ingly by a happy accident, the origin of the family name, as clearly pre- 
sented in a work entitled "L'Histoire Des Villes de France," or "The 
History of the Cities of France." He has possessed himself of a copy of 
it, and a copy may also be found in the library of Columbia College, New 
York. From this copy the writer prepared the translation from the orig- 
inal French there furnished. This it is : 

" The Burgh (or Market-town) of St. John 
of the (sacred or miracle-working) finger." 

Everybody spoke, in those days, of nothing else than the unheard-of 
marvels wrought in the commune of Plongaznon, near to Morlaix, by a 
finger of St. John the Baptist. It was said, for example, that some 
Englishmen, who in 1489 pillaged the coast of Tregnier, took the sacred 
relic into their possession ; and when they arrived home they were 
surprised to find that the coveted and stolen relic had forsaken its place 
of hidden concealment, and was no longer to be found in its casket. 
Duchess-Anne determined to procure the miracle-working finger, and to 
put its secret power to the proof by applying it to her left eye, for her 
majesty was much troubled with a permanent deflection that had hai)pened 
to her angle of vision. Whatever they did, the precious finger, although so 
potent in its own energy and influence, would not leave its retreat of 
quiet, immobile inaction, not even to suit the good duchess' ideas or 
wishes. Scarcely had the clergy, although accompanied by a large crowd 
of believers, borne it away from its shrine, than, on bemg left to its own 
freedom, it returned by a spontaneous, divine energy to it again. The 
duchess, being enlightened by the miracle concerning the divine natuie 
and scope of its power to work wonders, asked forgiveness of the saint for 
not having first made a visit to his shrine, and made haste to go in great 
pomp and humble herself at his altar. She afterward exempted the in- 
habitants of the town of St. John Du Doigt (of the Sacred Finger) from 
all taxes and imposts ; she gave them nobility, or ennoblement, and she 
loaded their church with special benefactions. Such a sudden bestowment of 
so unexpected advantages on the pious colony named was not, certainly, 

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the least of the wonders in which the marvellous power of the Holy Fore- 
runner (of Christ) was visibly manifested. . 

In 15 18 King Francis visited, also, the city of xMorlaix, and his joyous 
entree was celebrated by a reception so brilliant that it exceeded, per- 
chance, in popular displays of prodigality, the prosperous days ot the 

Duchess Anne. ^ 

"The De Witt theory of the origin of our family, adds Frotessor 
Dwight, in a letter to his brother, " is fully exploded (see ' History Dwight 
Family ' vol. i., p. 99) ; and is there any better view of the past history of 
our family now attainable than what I can furnish both in theory and m 
fact ? " We answer at once and emphatically, No, brother ; none that 
compares with it for interest in the recital of it, or merit in its discovery. 
Professor Dwight adds: "The spirit of the early Dwights was we see, 
from the very beginning of their first recorded history in Normandy, as we 
can trace their footsteps there, not merely agricultural, or chiefly so, or ot 
a mechanical cast. They were not all or only yeomen ; but the leaders 
amoncr them were professional in their tastes and habits, as have been 
their descendants largely in their chosen style of employment in this new 
world, so far from their first home on Gallic shores." So, hurrah for Nor- 
mandy ' and our Norman ancestors of ancient times 1 and the good o d 
chaplains of St. Sauveur in Caen! Blessings on those devout old 
saintly souls that prayed with systematic constancy and fervor, according to 
the best light obtainable in their day, for the royal souls that coveted what 
aid their prayers could give tliem, while suffering the pangs and purifying 
influences of purgatory." 

I The following names of early Dwights Professor Dwight found on 
record in Henley-on-the-Thames, England, and spelled in sixteen different 
ways, variously, as here copied from the Henley records. Such dif- 
ferences of orthography represent always, of course, diff'erences of idea 
in the minds of the clerks who record the names thus differently spelled 
by them and not of the persons who wear the names themselves : 

1. Nov. 1, 1560, Priscilla Dwight (dau. of Richard) baptized. Name 
spelled as here and now. . 

2. Nov. 26, 1563, Mayhew (perhaps) Dwight and Donner married 

(" Nupti "). ^ , , u \ 

3. Feb. 19, 1564, Jerome Dewite and Johanna Gobar (perhaps) 


4. Oct. 25, 1567, John Dwiggt married Femmige. 

5. Aug. 22, 1568, John Dwight (son of John) bapt. 

6. Feb. 13, 1569, a dau. of John Dwight bapt. 

7. May 21, 1573, Richard Dwight and Annie Dwight married. 

8. March 10, 1574, Robert Dwyte (son of John) bapt. 

9. Nov. 1574, John Twytt m. Elizabeth Stevens. 

10. Jan. 1574, Margery Twitt (dau. of Thos.) bapt. 

11. Jan. I,' 1575, John Dwyght (son of John) bapt. 

12. Jan. 1576, Th. (fern.) Dwyte Sepulta buried. 

13. Feb. 10, 1577, Thos. Dwyte (son of John) bapt. 

14. Jan. 31, 1579, Edmond Dwyte (son of John) bapt. 

15. Feb. 23, 1579, Elizabeth Dwyte (dau. of Jerome) bapt. 

16. , 1582, Thomas Dwight (son of Thomas) bapt. 

17. April 22, 1582, Sara Dwight (dau. of Thomas) bapt. 

28 Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Divight Fatnily. [Jan., 

i8. Oct. 14, 1582, William Dwyte (son of John) bapt. 

19. Dec. 19, 1584, Sara Dwyte (dau. of John) buried. 

20. July 24, 1586, John Doit (son of Thomas) bapt. 

21. March, 1586, Richard Doyt (son of John) bapt. 

22. Jan. 1586, Josiah Dwyte (son of John) bapt. 

23. Jan. 20, 1589, Nicholas Dwyght (son of Nicholas) bapt. 

24. Feb. 19, 1589, Nicholas Dwight m. Agnes Butler. 

25. Feb. 27, 1594, Thomas Dwyte m. Elizabeth Porter, a widow. 

26. May 15, 1594, Morgan Dwigt m. Agnes . 

27. Oct. 7, 1596, Christopher Dwyte (son of Thomas) bapt. 

28. Dec. 19, 1599, Susan Dwait (dau. of William) bapt. 

29. Jan. I, 1602, Henry Dwite (son of William) bapt. 

30. Nov. 19, 1604, William Dwite m. Johan (rest illegible). 

31. Feb., 1606, Ellen Dwite (dau. of Edward) buried. 

32. Jan. 3, 1607, Anne Dwite (dau. of Edward) baptized. Edward De 
Graies he is called in the record, probably his place of residence. 

2^2^. Feb. 7, 1607, Bridget Dwite (dau. of William, of Newnham Murren) 

34. Nov. 5, 1607, Joseph Dwight (son of William, of Newnham Murren) 

35. Nov. 30, 1607, Joseph Dwight (son of William) buried. 

36. April 12, 1610, Griffin Dwite (son of William) bapt. 

37. Feb. 4, 1610, William Dwight m. Sara Williamson. 

38. May 20, 161 1, Deodatus Dwite (son of William) bapt. 

39. May 28, 161 1, Deodatus Dwite (son of William) buried. 

40. May 12, 1613, Mary Dwigght (dau. of William) bapt. 

41. May 28, 1618, Bridget Dwyte (dau. of William) bapt. 

42. July 16, 1612, ■ Devviht (son of Jerome) bapt. 

43. Feb. 14, 1618, Jas. Dwyhit (son of Jacob) bapt. 

44. Dec. 16, 1619, Robert Dwiton (son of William) bapt. 

45. Aprils, 162 1, John Dwyte m. Sara Harvey. 

46. Aug. 22, 1622, a child of John Dwight buried. Probably intended 
to be recorded as unbaptized. 

47. May 19, 1623, William Dwite (son of William) bapt. 

48. March 7, 1623, John Dwite (son of ) bapt. 

49. March 3, 1623, Thomas Dwite de 1' buried. 

50. April 14, 1628, Johanna Dwite (wife of William) buried. 
51 June 8, 1629, William Dwight m. Ann Joy. 

52. July, 1692, G — 1 Dwite (dau. of Edward) bapt. 

53. Feb. 18, 1633, Josiah Dwight (son of B ) bapt. 

54. Oct. 9, 1635, Bridget (dau. of Griffin Dwight) bapt. 

55. Aug. 16, 1638, William Dwite (son of Griffin) bapt. 

56. Oct. 8, 1638, Richard Hill m. Ehzabeth Dwite. 

57. , 1639, William (son of Griffin Dwite) buried. 

58. , 1639, Marie Dwight bapt. 

59. March 14, 1641, Susan Dwight (dau. of Griffin) bapt. 

60. July 20, 1642, Bridget Dwight (dau. of Griffin) buried. 

61. Dec. 25, 1643, a child of Griffin Dwight bapt. 

62. July 18, 1651, William Dwit (son of William) bapt. In the same 
record the name White is written Whit, 

63. May 8, 1647, Thos. Dwyte (son of Griffin) bapt. 

64. Nov. 20, 1652, John Dwyte (son of Thomas). 

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65. Oct. 5, 1654, Josiah Dwite and Elizabeth Slattbrooke. Publication 
of marriage. 

There are also entered as taxable these names, viz.: 

1. Oct. 12, 1706, Thomas Dwight. 

2. Jan, 29, 1 7 19, John Dwight, Senior. 

3. June 28, 1728, Widow Dwight. 

4. Aug. 20, 1732, Joan Dwight. 

5. , 1723, William Dwight (son of William). 

6. , 1723, Margaret Dwight (dau. of WiUiam). 

The spelling is often poor and faulty enough in the English records 
searched to obtain the facts here gathered— as in the early records handed 
down to our day by our fathers on this side of the Atlantic. 

II Records of wills were also extensively explored by Professor Dwight, 
when in England, wherever they could be found. The results obtained in 
such a way from Oxfordshire are here briefly detailed. 

I John Dwight, of Oxfordshire, of Henley. The Administration of his 
will was committed to his son Robert, a.d. 1596. Consistory Court, Ox- 
fordshire. ^ , . ^ r J 

II A.D. 1607. Elizabeth Dwight, of St. Peter of the city, Oxford. 
Minor children : Agnes and George Dwight. Administration committed 

to Wm. Pope. . 1 ■ • . , T7T u .1 

III. A.D. 1680. Josiah Dwight, Henley. Administration by Elizabeth 

Dwight, his relict. Consistory Court, London. 

IV. Will of John Dwight, a.d. 1665. In this there was a provision in 
favor of his son Francis. The will was twice proven ; once with the name 
spelled as Dwight, and again as Dwaite. Consistory Court, London. This 
lohn Dwight is described as of St. Botolph, Aldgate ; widow, Eleonora. 

V. A.D. 1637. The will of William Dwight, of London, donor of a 
charitable bequest. 

The original will is long, containing sixteen sheets of very large, square 
paper, sealed with a big seal, attached by a parchment-strap, and attested 
by six witnesses, and signed by the testator April 11, 1637. His will was 
very devout in tone of feeling. It was admitted to probate in May. He 
divided all his personal estate into three parts : giving one third to his 
three daughters combined, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anne, his only children ; 
another third to his wife, Katharine, and the rest he bestows in special gifts 
upon a number of persons. Among others he mentions his kinsman, Philip 
Dwight (an earlier Philip of the name than any that we had before known), 
and also his kinsman and godson, William Dwight. He also refers to the 
following names, as those of kindred: Katharine Robinson, his cousin ; 
Martha Olds, Richard North, Goodwyn, and others. He speaks of his 
servant, " Bernard Dwight," meaning by servant " apprentice," as he shows 
a little farther on. He held considerable real estate m different places, as 
at Cornhill, London, where he lived at the time of his death, and at Sud- 
bury, at Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex. He gives an annuity of ^20 to 
his brother, John Dwight, £a of which came from his father's estate (named 
Robert) and £16 of his own good will. He gave also an annuity to his 
mother (Joan Mabel). He was " a tallow chandler and a member of the 
company of tallow chandlers." He gave an annuity to that company, 
charged upon his real estate, for the support of the poor. Subject to this 
and other charges, he gives a certain portion of his estate to his eldest 

^O Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Diaight Family. [Jan., 

daughter, Elizabeth, and other portions to younger daughters. He states 
that his land at Sudbury alone lets at ^84 annually, a large sum for those 
days. In case a posthumous son should be born, the estates, he directs, 
shall go to him, instead of to the daughters. He names seven trustees : 
three being " esquires," two "gentlemen," and two yeomen. 

"I believe," says Professor Dwight, "that the Robert spoken of in this 
paper as the father of William was No. 8 in the list of persons baptized at 
Henley (bapt. March 10, 1574), and John Dwight (William's brother) to 
have been John Dwight, of Henley, Oxfordshire (John, of St. Botolph, 
Aldgate), whose name is found on the record of wills, as No. IV., under date 
of A.D. 1665." 

William was then of the Henley Family; and every Dwight that we can 
trace in England before 1 700 comes from Oxfordshire. 

It would be pleasant, indeed, to be able to say definitely that one of the 
John Dwights recorded at Henley, as baptized there between 1568 and 1586, 
was the John Dwight afterward of Dedham, Mass., from whom the Amer- 
ican Dwights are all descended. We cannot yet, however, specify and 
localize the exact and distinct beginning of our colonial history in England 
as a family. The time may come. 

III. In answer to the question whether he could, by extended and 
thorough search, find any of the family name living now in England, Profes- 
sor Dwight replies : " I examined carefully the records and directories of 
many large towns, and found nowhere, as a rule, anyone of the name, not 
even, for example, in Leeds, where it was believed some of the name 
might still be found. Any and all of those now living who could be found 
bearing the name Dwight were found in and about London," In the Lon- 
don Directory for 1878 the following names of Dwights occur, with the 
adresses given, viz. : 

H, Dwight, Garret's Farm, Higginton, Hertfordshire. 

M. Dwight, Canal Side, North Church, Great Barkhampstead, Hert- 

F. Dwight, 17 Holland Grove, Brixton. 

H. T. Dwight, I St. James Park, Croydon. 

H. Dwight, 8 Tamworth Road, Croydon. 

J. Dwight, 10 Lit. St. Ann Road, Brixton. 

Dwight, W. H., May Day Road, Thornton Heath, Croydon. 

Dwight & Stanley, wheelwrights, 151 Bank Ch. Lane. 

Dwight, Henry, Crown P. H., 146 St. John St., Clerkenwell, London, 
E. C. 

In 18 7 1 there was a John Dwight, a beer retailer, 36 Lower George 
St., Chelsea, S. W. 

IV. Professor Dwight made also, incidentally, in the reading of Shakes- 
peare for his own pleasure, a discovery of value concerning one of the boon 
companions and special fellow-actors of the great dramatist of our own family 
name ; and the little that he tells us of him is all that we know of his history. 
" Little John Doit, of Staffordshire," Shakespeare speaks of in " King Henry 
IV.," Part Second, Act Third, Scene Second. He mentions himself little 
John Doit, of Staffordshire, and black George Bare, and Francis Pickbone, 
and Will Squele, a Cotswold man, and says of them, "you had not four such 
swinge-bucklers in all the inns of court again ; and I may say to you, we 
know where the bona-robas were, and had the best of them all at command- 
ment." His boast was not to the credit of their virtue or refinement of char- 

i886.] Recent Discoveries of Traces of the Dwight Family. ^ i 

acter, or even of manners. It is not what is said of their riotous behavior 
or low tastes or habits that gives thein any interest to any of us now. The 
point of interest and attraction Ues in the fact of their being the acknowl- 
edged friends and intimates of Shakespeare. 

The facts here detailed, as newly discovered by Professor Theo. VV, 
Dwight, whether by purposed search for them, or incidentally and most 
fortunately, have so much mutual connection and consistency as to be en- 
tirely harmonious in their nature and influence with each other, and each 
part self-explaining in all its bearings and relations with all others. It 
would be delightful, indeed, if on other outlying portions of our connected 
and correlated family history, under different names than our general family 
name, an equally successful style of historical analysis of facts which are 
not yet resolved could be brought into effective use with widely-illuminating 
power. There is much and precious spoil yet to be gathered by extended 
and thorough genealogical research. Great is the wonder to anyone who 
knows the real richness of this great unworked mine of surprising and de- 
lightful facts, so readily discoverable by earnest effort to find them, that 
any family possessed of a history worth cherishing with reverent and grate- 
ful affection can quietly let a long past of splendid purposes, efforts, and 
results lie neglected and forgotten, and even forsaken to dull, unsightly de- 
cay, through long periods of time, from one generation to another. 

Concerning the silver tankard now in the possession of Mr. Timothy 
Dwight, of South Evanston, 111. (No. 126, I. Dwight Hist., p. 173), as the 
eldest son in the line of successive descent for nine generations from John 
Dwight, of Dedham, the writer wishes to put upon permanent record, for 
the benefit of those who shall read his history of the Dwight Family in fut- 
ure years, and will not know for themselves as well as he does, what tra- 
ditions exist with living force in the hearts of its older members concern- 
ing various statements and elements of its history. One of the few older 
members of the little circle of President Dwight's grandchildren having re- 
cently, and unexpectedly to her friends, been called away to " the better 
land" by a sudden stroke of apoplexy, one most familiar with the faces, 
and characters, and feelings, and histories of the New Haven representa- 
tives of the family in the preceding generation (Mrs. Mary Dwight-Lyman, 
of San Francisco, Cal., and previously of New Haven, Conn., and more 
recently of Hadley, Mass., No. 128, III. of Dwight History, p. 173), the 
writer has requested her brother, John W. Dwight, Esq., of New Haven 
(No. 130, v., p. 174, and his own brother-in-law), to state what he himself 
remembers as having been true of the silver tankard and the Dwight coat- 
of-arms engraved upon it. The tankard had been a familiar sight to him 
from his very birth, he having been born December 31, 18 17, and his grand- 
father. President Dwight, of Yale, having died January 11, 181 7, at whose 
death the family tankard passed into the possession of his eldest son, Tun- 
othy Dwight, of the seventh generation (son of President Timothy Dwight 
and Mary Woolsey, No. 118, I., pp. 171-2). Says John W. Dwight, of New 
Haven (his son), concerning the silver tankard and coat-of-arms engraved 
upon it : "I always understood from my father that his great-grandfather, 
Colonel Timothy Dwight, of Northampton, Mass. (b. in 1694, who m. in 
1716, Experience King, seep. 118, Dwight History), sent early in the 
eighteenth century to England for the tankard, and directed that the Dwight 
coat-of-arms should be obtained from the Heralds' College, and be en- 
graved on it. I always understood that it was the old coat of the family as 

32 The Lordship and Manor of Gardiner's Island. [Jan., 

furnished from older times, and according to the actual symbols and 
senses of the records of heraldry, and not made up at the time by any 
chance experts in reading or representing the characteristic elements or ex- 
pressions of blazonry, as the family had had for a long period an historic 
existence at that time. The tankard was used at first for holding flip or ale. 
Any other incidents or associations ever connected with its use are lost 
now by the recent death of my sister Mary, who was specially fond of 
treasuring interesting remembrances of earlier days." 
New Haven, Conn., October i, 1885, 

He adds in a second letter sent : "This coat-of-arms is the ensign 
armorial of eagles " (covertly controverting an idea broached casually by 
a leading member of the family, that the blazonry found in the Dwight 
coat-of-arms may, in the absence of any specific name or motto to identify 
it, have been possibly derived from some one of the distinguished families 
with which its history became early associated by marriage, and re-enforced 
to its lasting advantage). " Let no one imagine that there can be any the 
least reason to doubt whatever the sole and simple Dwight origin of our en- 
signs armorial, and that in England, or, earlier still, in Normandy. Such a 
copy of our real and historic coat-of-arms, one of exact truthfulness of 
representation, according to the real facts of the case, was ordered directly 
from England, and paid for there one hundred and fifty years ago, by an 
educated and distinguished member of the family, a man of great intelli- 
gence and spirit and of large means, Colonel Timothy Dwight, of North- 
ampton!, Mass., and what his descendants have greatly prized in continued 
succession as a prolonged bestowal from him and his day to all his relatives 
in perpetuity." 

The article here presented in The Record should be obtained by the 
widely scattered members of the family who possess the history of the 
Dwight family, each for himself, who values the entire history of the family 
as such in America, and treasured with it for reference in future years. 
Large numbers of persons of various names — Lyman, Phillips, Reynolds, 
Whiting, Bacon, Bowers, Chapin, Chapman, Childs, Collins, Dana, Dewey, 
Edwards, Field, Foster, Hall, Hopkins, Hunt, Huntington, Kent, King, 
Lathrop, Loomis, Parsons, Partridge, Sedgwick, Stoddard, Strong, Wet- 
more, Whitney, Willard, Woolsey — all such will, we are sure, be much 
pleased to gain the new information contained in this article respecting 
their Dwight relationship in its aboriginal elements and conditions. 



By John Lyon Gardiner, Esq. (Seventh Lord of the Manor). 

It was in the reign of Charles i" King of England that the first pro- 
prietor of this island came to America. It was in 1635 and he was Engi- 
neer of the fort built at Saybrook by order of Lords Say and Sele & 
Brook and others — he was a friend of republican government and Oliver 

1 886.] The Lordship and Manor of Gardiner's Jslatid. ■3'5 

Cromwell. Whether Lion Gardiner came to this country for the sake o 
interest or for religious, or civil liberty or for all I do not know. 

■ Lion Gardiner married at Woerden a strong town of the Low Countries 
in Holland — it stands on the Rhine 17 miles south of Amsterdam — he mar- 
ried Mary daughter of Derike Willemsen. 

David the second owner of the Island born at Saybrook, was the first 
white child born in that place. He married Mary Herringman widow of 
the Parish of Saint Margaret, in the city of Westminster, England. He was 
22 years old when married. He died at Hartford where he had gone on 
public business and was there buried.* 

John the third owner eldest son of David born April 19 i66i died by a 
fall from a horse at Groton Connecticut 1738 aged 77. His first 
wife was Mary King of Oysterponds his second Sarah Coit of New London 
—his third Abigail Allen f of Middletown — his fourth Elizabeth Osborne of 
Easthampton. He died at New London and was buried there. He was 
a hearty active robust man, generous and upright ; sober at home but 
jovial abroad and swore sometimes — Always kept his Chaplain — he was 
a good farmer and made great improvements on the Island — he made a 
great deal of money although a high liver and had a great deal to do for 
his four wives connections. He had an expensive family of children — he 
gave t^iem for those times large portions. David had the island John 
— Jonathan died at sea, Joseph he gave a farm at Groton Samuel he gave 
a great deal of property to in Easthampton : a house and lot upon the 
place where Captain Abraham Gardiner now lives — he bought for him all 
Minister James estate, one share of Montauk twelve acres (now called 
Samuel Gardiner lot) for which he gave ;^5oo as ai)pears by deed. Sam- 
uel and his wife (a Coit) both died young and were buried in Easthampton. 
He fitted out his daughters and gave them ^500 in cash a piece. Hannah 
married Hon^'*" John Chandler of Worcester Massachusetts, Elizabeth mar- 
ried Thomas Greene of Boston, where the family of that name continue. 
Mary married a Gray. Sarah married a Treat. Joseph was sick for a 
long time and married a poor girl from Groton who took care of him — an 
elderly girl by the name of Grant. One of his sons married a Saltonstall. 
Samuel son of Samuel, married his cousin Abigail Gardiner daughter of 
David 4* proprietor, and settled at New London where he was a fa- 
mous merchant but failed. He had children, his son Samuel lived with 
Colonel Abraham Gardiner son of David (4"") and afterwards with Cap- 
tain Abraham Gardiner. 

* There is a petition in the handwriting of this gentleman which appears to have been written in 1684 on 
account of the Assembly (which was then sittmg) placing Gardiner's Island on to Easthampton in taxes. It 
must have been presented to Colonel Thomas Dongan, who Augt 27th, 1683 landed at the East end of 
Long Island and summoned an Assembly. The petition mentions his father as the first Englishman who 
had settled in the Colony of New York.' 

+ Abigail Allen widow was the daughter of the " Worshippful John Allyn." Her first husband wag Alex- 
ander Allen, by whom she had son Fitz John Allen. 

' New York from its settlement until 1664 was in the hands of the Dutch. I suppose the east end of 
Long Island to have been then under Connecticut. In 1664 that is 4 years after the restoration of King 
Charles the Second, NicoUs, &c. in four ships who had resolved to rendezvous at Gardiner's Island came 
over to attack New York or New Amsterdam as it was then called which they did and took in 1664. In 
Deer 1664 NicoUs and Winthrop &c. determined Long Island to be under the Duke of Vorke's gov- 
ernment which was not agreeable to the Long Island people. The east end was settled from Old and New 
England. Thay were Presbyterians universally and doubtless as the Connecticut people were similar to 
them in religious principles, in manners and customs, they wished to be under their protection — perhaps 
the government of the Duke ofYorke, by his Governours Nicolls and Lovelace was more of a despotic kind 
as it appears by the history of those times that their will was law and the people had no part in making the 
laws by which they were governed. I have been informed that David the Second Lord was one of the 
deputies sent to Hartford to solicit the Government there to take them under their jurisdiction but which 
they did not choose to do. In 1654 the Duke appointed Govr Andross and after him Coll. Dongan who 
landed at the east end of Long Island when to prevent the people from rising in opposition to him he prom- 
ised that no laws or rates should be imposed but by a General Assembly which before had not been the Case. 


■7 A The Lordship and Manor of Gardiner's Island. [Jan., 

David 4*'' eldest son of John married Rachel Schellinx by whom 
he had children — John 5* owner David and Abraham, David married 
his cousin daughter of Samuel who died young. David was a large mer- 
chant in New London and like his Cousin Samuel failed and died. Ab- 
raham Was a farmer in Easthanipton, and married Mary Smith, daughter 
of Nathaniel Smith. David as usual for the owner kept a Chaplain. 
David's second wife was a Burroughs, widow of Saybrook, she was a cousin by 
his mothers side, he would have married her when young but his parents 
objected — she had no children. David 4* owner was born January 3 
1691 died July 4 1751 in his 61^' year & was buried on Gardiner's 
Island. Mr. Pike now very aged tells me Lord David was much of a gen- 
tleman and a good farmer — kept about 200 head of cattle 40 horses 
and more sheep than I do (which was about 2800 to 3000), has known 
him to sell 700 bushels at 8/. Colonel A. Gardiner is much like his 
father, David 4*. Lord David lived at the "other house " and his son 
at Great Pond. Lord David killed one year 365 ducks and 65 geese. 
My grandfather John s"* proprietor sold his cattle in Boston, they used 
to make a beacon light on one of the hills for the country sloop to stop. 
John the 5 proprietor born June 9*^ 1714 died May 19'^ 1764 he was 
the eldest son of David 4* he died on the island and was buried here. 
He was married May 26 1737 to Elizabeth Mulford daughter of Mr. 
Matthew Mulford. He was 23 years old when he married — he was not as 
good a farmer as his father David — he had but one overseer who was 
good for anything and he was killed by a horse. He paid little attention 
to his affairs and died ;^33oo, in debt. His first wife was a very fine wom- 
an — notable. His second wife Deborah Avery, widow was of an easy, 
agreeable disposition, and beloved as a stepmother. She afterwards 
married Major-General Putnam and died at the Highlands, North River, 
and was buried in the Vault of Colonel Beverly Robinson, She brought 
her children with her and they were educated at John's expense. The 
daughters, Gardiner's and Avery's, lived together in Easthanipton and went 
to school — Lydia Pike kept the house David was then in College in New 
haven and Mary * who had acquired many accomplishments at school in 
Boston — on her return home she married the Chaplain. David the 6"^ 
Proprietor born October 8"" 1738 died September 8* 1774 in the 36* 
year of his age, and was buried on the Island. He was the eldest son of 
John the 5* proprietor — he died of consumption at his father-in-laws the 
Reverend Doctor Buell's, of Easthanipton. He married Jerusha daughter 
of Samuel Buell D.D. and Jerusha Machem both of Coventry Connecticut 
— she was born November s**" 1749. He had but two children, John 
Lyon the 7* Proprietor born November 8"' 1770, and David born Feb'y 
2pth iyy2. He was 26 years old when his father died. 

David 6'^ when his father died took the bonds and paid them up in 
two or three years — he improved the Island ten years. He gave the Island 
and farming utensils to John Lyon, f and his Montauk and other property, 
bonds et cetera to David, to the amount of ;^i 2,000. A considerable part 
of the bonds were lost by being in Continental money. 

* Rev. Elijah Blague, a graduate of Yale College, was Chaplain for some time. 

t The writer of the above died November 22, 1816. He is well-known for his researches into the local 
history of the East end of Long Island, to which he contributed much curious and important information. 
His memory and that of his wife is revered and respected even to the present time by the people of Suffolk 
County. David Johnson Gardiner, his eldest son, was the last to receive the island by entail as eighth lord, or 
proprietor. He was of a proud, haughty, imperious disposition, and was treated universally with much con- 

1 886.] Some Descendants of Robert and Anne Drummond. ^5 



The pedigree of this Robert in Scotland we have not been able to 
ascertain. We only have the old family tradition that he was " sent here 
by the Rebellion," and his estate there was "confiscated." That rebellion, 
judging from the data of his age and first recorded citizenshi]) in New 
York, would have been the one aroused by that popish tyrant, James II., 
of England, to whose rescripts so many Protestants in that country would 
not yield. His only wife known on our shores, nee Anne Evetts, but the 
widow of Richard Hall when he married her, was doubtless a native of 
England, as her father, James Evetts, one of the incorporators and first war- 
dens of Trinity Church, this city, cannot be traced back with us to an 
earlier date than about 1690, and this daughter married Mr. Hall in 1703. 
The family have been found to be originally from St. Botolph's Parish, 
Bishops Gate, London. From Mr. Edsall's valuable record of Lieutenant- 
Governor John Berry of New Jersey, in this magazine last year, we find 
several facts in this connection, not known before to the present writer. 
One was the paternity of Richard Hall's mother, the widow of Mayor 
Noel, at the time of his marriage, shown by Mr. Edsall to have been a 
daughter of George Berry. Another was the names of Mrs. Hall's two 
daughters, viz., Elizabeth and Anne, which, with those of their husbands, 
William Patterson and James Martin respectively, both citizens of New 
Jersey, furnish us with a clew to an ancient kinship, long-sought for in 
vain. These last-mentioned facts negative entirely the genealogical 
hypothesis that Mrs. Elizabeth Hazard, the wife of Nathaniel Hazard, 
the old New York merchant, and an ancestress of the distinguished Dela- 
field family of this city, was a daughter of Robert Drummond. For it is 
utterly unsupposable that Mrs. Anne Drummond would name another 
daughter Elizabeth. Of her Patterson descendants, if any, we have no 
knowledge ; but of those in the Martin line a little, which we desire here 
to record. Rachel Martin, a grand-daughter of James Martin, married for 
her first husband, Colonel Philip Johnston, an eminent patriot officer, who 
was killed in the battle of Brooklyn, in 1776, and as it is said on his 
birth-day. Her second husband was Judge Bray, of New Brunswick, N. J. 
Colonel Johnston, of General Heard's Brigade (see General Stryker's 
Roster of New Jersey's soldiers in the Revolutionary War), was a man of 
culture and great excellence of character. His father, a large land-pro- 
prietor in Somerset County, N. J., had sent him to Princeton College, but at 
the breaking out of the French War he joined the army as a youthful vol- 
unteer, and returned with the laurels of a brave soldier. The first year 
of the Revolution he again entered the field in his country's cause, and 
his children remembered his kneeling at their bedside when about to "leave 

sideration. This was so while he was at school and at Yale College. In his feelings he was a born aristocrat. 
He died young, unmarried and intestate, and the manorial property then descended to his two brothers and 
sister equally. They transferred their shares to the oldest, John Griswold Gardmer, who succeeded as nmth 
proprietor. John G. was of quite a different disposition. He was kind, generous and affectionate, but ex- 
travagent and wasteful. He lived like a lord, and impaired his estate very much. On his death in 1861, 
unmarried and intestate also, the island again descended to his brother and sister. Mrs. Sarah Diodati 
Thompson transferred her rights to the late Hon. Samuel B. Gardiner, who became the tenth proprietor. 
He was a refined, unostentatious gentleman of the old school, and died much respected January 5, 1882. 
The island descended to David Johnson Gardiner, as eleventh proprietor, but has since come to Colonel 
John Lyon Gardiner, the present and twelfth lord of this ancient manor. 

•26 Some Descendants of Robert and Anne Drumniond. [Jan., 

his beautiful home never to return. It is a family tradition that Colonel 
Johnston disapproved of the plan of the battle at Flatbush, and that to 
the orders of the commanding officer, General Sullivan, his reply was, 
" I will obey you, sir, but it will be death." 

A Hessian officer's record of this fatal engagement maligns the memory 
of this noble patriot by reporting that "a Captain Johns" attempted to 
slay covertly, after surrendering, the soldier that captured him, who forthwith 
bayonetted his prisoner. But enough is known of Colonel Johnston as a 
Christian gentleman and true soldier to exculpate his memory from this 
base charge. And there can be no doubt that he honored to the last the 
motto of his ancient Scotch Border family, Nunquam non paratus. 

One of Colonel Johnston's daughters married a Lloyd, and another a 
Scudder, a lawyer, of Monmouth County, N, J. He was the ancestor of 
the heroic American missionary band of that name. Another daughter, 
Miss Betsey Johnson, remained single, and died at a venerable age. She 
often visited her relatives in old Elizabeth Town, N. J., which was the 
family residence of her mother's cousin, Colonel Edward Thomas, a 
prominent Revolutionary officer. 

His mother was Sarah Drummond, a daughter of Robert and Anne 
Drummond, who removed from New York to Elizabeth Town, N. J., in 
about 1 714-15, and resided there for a short period. Their son — or 
grandson — Robert, was for many years a merchant and extensive 
"shipper" in Acquackanock, N. J., on the Passaic River, now called 
Passaic. Here he remained, and had his family residence for many 
years. In the register of the Reformed Dutch Church of that town we 
find the following record, obtained through the courtesy of William 
Nelson, Esq., of Paterson, a member of the New Jersey Historical 
Society, "as entered by Dominie David Marinus: 'Married, April i, 1759, 
R. Drummond, bachelor, with Jennie Vreeland, maiden, both of our 
church.' " " He lived," says Mr. Nelson, "on the old Weasel road, about 
two miles from Passaic city. Their children on the church record were 
Mary, born June 29, 1760; Robert, born 1762 (one of whose sponsors 
was a Mary Drummond, probably an aunt), and Sarah, named from 
another aunt, Mrs. Sarah Thomas. This Robert Drummond was several 
times sent to Trenton as an Assemblyman, and in 1776 was a prominent 
member of the State Rovolutionary Congress there holden. But a year or 
two later he declared himself a loyalist, raised a company with the rank of 
a major, with which he joined the Southern British Army. But it is said 
that very few of them survived to return to the North. At the close of 
the war Major Drummond went to England, and there died. His estate 
was confiscated, and his family, remaining in New Jersey, reduced to poverty. 
But by the influence of his kinsman, Colonel Thomas, the principal portion 
was restored to them. 

For other particulars, see Gordon's " History and Gazetteer of New 
Jersey," and the " History of American Loyahsts." Several respectable 
descendants of Major Drummond are now living near the City of Passaic, 
one in Paterson, and a great-grandson, Mr. Peter Allen, at Monachie, 
Bergen County, N. J. His descendant in Paterson possesses a portrait of 
this ancestor, taken in London, 1784, eii pastilla, which represents him 
attired in the scarlet coat, with blue facings, and buff vest of a British 
officer. His farm at the Ponds, near Pompton, confiscated in 1778, was 
sold to Peter Ward, of Saddle River." 

1 886.] Genealogical History. TjI 

The Thomas family have been warmly patriotic, both in the War of 
Independence and that for the Union. Captain Edmund Thomas, son of 
the Colonel, was distinguished for his valor in Revolutionary battles. His 
nephew, the late General George Cummings Thomas, of Washington, a 
veteran of the Seminole War, was the military commandant of Washing- 
ton City during the war of the RebelUon, and took the oaths of allegiance 
of all enrolled for service in the armies of the Union on his little pocket 
Bible, and among them that of the late illustrious Ulysses S. Grant. This 
memorable sacred relic is carefully preserved in the library of his brother, 
William W. Thomas, Esq., a resident of Elizabeth, N. J., and a Custom 
House broker of long standing in the City of New York. Many of other 
names in various parts of the country, adorning different professions or 
social life, at the present day, are also in the same worthy descent. One 
of the number, a former respected lawyer of this city, is Richard Goodman, 
Esq., of Lowell, Mass. The late Dr. William Alfred Elmas, U.S.A., a 
distinguished surgeon, was a great-grandson of Robert and Anne Drum- 
mond, whose record has now been given. William Hall. 

New York, October 9, 1885. 


The following communication is from the pen of an eminent scholar 
and writer of Germany, Dr. Von H. Schramm, a corresponding member 
of the Genealogical and Biographical Society of New York. The merit 
and chief interest of the article is its marked republican spirit, coming from 
the pen of a born aristocrat, who expects to visit the United States during 
the present winter. 

" The Constitution of the United States," writes Dr. Schramm, " de- 
clares the use of titles of nobility incompatible with the quality of an 
American citizen, and thus prevents all official ranking of people as the 
elite of human kind. There is only one way for American families to gain 
hereditary social prominence, and that is by the continuity of their devotion 
to the common weal and of their maintenance of a high standard of honesty ; 
these means alone obtain the enduring respect of the people and their 
courteous deference for true merit. Comparisons are odious, and we do 
not intend to discuss the respective merits of the European and American 
systems, but, if ' all the world's a stage,' we may be permitted to remark 
that in acting on it Europeans appear, by their use of courtesy titles of no- 
bility, as it were, to follow the custom of the ancient classic stage, and to 
wear masks of their parts, while Americans believe the characters should 
be recognizable without such outward sign. 

" The facility for arising from the proletariat to distinction, which Amer- 
ican institutions offer, often leads successful men to say that it *is quite 
indifferent who a person's parents were, and even to boast of their ignorance 
of their family history, as if that were a republican virtue : 

" ' Stemmata quid faciunt, quid prodest, Pontice, longo 
Sanguine censeri, pictosque ostendere vultus majorum ? ' 

" Looking closely we, however, soon discover that such a novus 
homo and his descendants anxiously guard the records of their own pres- 
ent achievements, and transmit them like treasured heirlooms to their fam- 

?8 Genealogical History. [Jan., 

ilies, and thus virtually prove themselves stanch adherents of the very 
principle of which they affect to make light. Pride of descf nt from ances- 
tors who have generously served their country and who have honestly 
accomplished their duty m their private relations is certainly as justifiable as 
pride in personal success in accumulating wealth or in other achievements. 

" History is at once the foundation and the condition of our moral and 
political development. Why should we consider the acts of men alone 
worthy of attention in their relation to the common interest, and judge 
them uninteresting in their influence on the destiny and the fortunes 
of their direct descendants ? If the examples of great and good men 
are to incite us to make our lives sublime, may not the history of the past 
vicissitudes of our own family serve to direct our steps in the future, and 
the remembrance of how our own ancestors remained true to great princi- 
ples and preserved their names unsullied, per varies casus — per tot dis- 
criminareram, be the most powerful of all incentives to keep us in the 
path of virtue ? Deeply rooted in the hearts of the people there lives an 
interest for the past, and a desire to place themselves in relation with the 
generations which have preceded us. Even he who is ignorant of his 
family history when he reads of the past involuntarily pictures to himself 
how his sires may have felt and acted in the momentous questions of their 
times. How much keener must he enter into the spirit of the past who 
actually knows how his ancestors were influenced under the circumstances. 

"The representative families of America are unable, with few excep- 
tions, to trace their early origin to noble extraction, but they have almost 
all occupied distinguished positions from the foundation of the country, 
and the records of their family history are such that they will bear the light 
of day. On the continued purity of these records rests their claim to dis- 
tinction, and this certainly appears a more solid foundation than the more 
or less fortuitous possession of an hereditary title accorded for some act of 
real or fictitious merit, which constitutes the same claim to nobility of so 
many of the titled families of to-day. In republican Switzerland it has 
long been the custom for prominent families to preserve their history in 
print, and such monographs are frequent among the Calvinists of Geneva. 
Recent publications show that they are also becoming naturalized in Amer- 
ica. In the United States society shows its repugnance to submit to the 
tyranny and corruption of plutocratic rule by the prominence accorded in 
the public service to the descendants of the early patriot statesmen and 
soldiers. These bearers of honored names are the natural guardians of the 
essence of American nationality, and they form an intellectual nucleus of 
pronounced individuality around which the most diverse elements can form to 
one homogeneous and original race. Among the ever-frequent changes of 
American life the people see with satisfaction that certain families retain 
their well-earned positions and contribute the element of stability to so- 
ciety, vmltosque per annos stat fortujia donms et avi nutnerantur avorum. 

" English writers frequently assume that the Americans stand to-day in 
a nearer degree of relationship to the English than to any other nation, 
concluding, no doubt, that the use of the same language must make the 
nations kinsmen and alike in feeling. This is a manifest error. The his- 
tory of the representative families of America is rich in striking illustra- 
tions of the fact that the National character is an original formation, to 
which various sources have contributed, and by no means a recast from an 
English mold. The stripes in the American flag were selected as an emblem 

i886.] Ancient New York Tombstones. ^n 

of the six nationalities by whom the States had chiefly been peopled, and 
they symbolize their equal degree of relationship to the new-born nation, 

" The foregoing is a summary of some general reflections upon reading 
the biography of Colonel John Bayard, which Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson se- 
lected this year for his anniversary address before the New York Genea- 
logical and Biographical Society, a subject which receives additional inter- 
est from the fact that a Bayard is at present the head of the American 
Cabinet as Secretary of State, and that Dr. Charles W. Baird has just pub- 
lished the ' History of the Huguenot Emigration to America,' showing what 
an important factor the Huguenots have been in the formation of Am- 
erican society, for the Bayards, like so many other distinguished families, 
are of Huguenot descent." 


In an autumn afternoon ramble with our vice-president, as we were 
walking along the banks of the East River opposite Sixty-sixth Street, we 
came upon a little cluster of graves. From the tombstones, more or less 
dilapidated, which marked these " last homes," we carefully copied the 
following inscriptions in the private burial-place, which is one of many to 
be found scattered along the East River shore of Manhattan Island. It is 
on what is known as the Schermerhorn estate, and when the property was 
sold some sixty years since to Peter Schermerhorn, the former owners re- 
served the right of burial, a right, however, which it is believed was never 
afterward exercised. 

In In 

Memory of Memory 

John Hardenbrook, of 

Obit Ann Hardenbrook, 

5th August, 1803, Relict of 

Aetet 77. John Hardenbrook, 

Obiit 6th March, 

In 1817, 

Memory of Aged 95 years. 
Mary Adams, 

Who departed this life, 

5th April, 1822, 

Aged 72 years. In 

Memory of 

In John, 

Memory of Son of Robert and Susan Thompson, 

Sarah Carr, Who departed this life, 

Who departed this life, iSth September, 1813, 

2d April, 1 82 1, Aged i year and 6 months. 

Aged 73 years. Also 

In memory of 

In memory of James Lawrence, 

Maria Bass. Son of Robert and Susan Thompson, 

Who departed this life, 

In memory of 12th August, 1819, 

John Bass. Aged 3 years and 9 months. 

Of these slabs, five were upright and uninjured, and two were prostrate 
and broken. There were also in close proximity to the above, numerous 
broken stones, indicating that they had formerly marked other now forgot- 
ten and neglected graves. J. G. W. 

New York, November, 1885. 


Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [Jan., 

CITY OF NEW YORK.— Baptisms. 

(Continued from Vol. XVI., p. 94, of The Record.) 

A" i7n. 
May 6. 



Jliny I. 

Juny 3- 





Joseph Waldrom, Benjamin. 
Antje Woedert. 

A d o 1 p h de Groof, Rachel. 

Rachel Goederus. 
Dirk Con5>n, Rachel Philippics. 

Abraham Van Gelder, Harmaniis. 

Catlyntje Post. 

Aarnout Schermer- Catharina. 

hoorn, M a r y t j e 

Jacob Swaan, Dirk. 


Hendrikus Kermer, Nicolaas. 

Jaquemyntje Rave- 

Joost Laning, Geertje Geertje. 

H e n d r i k Franse, Anna. 

Anna Maria Sippe. 

W e s s e 1 V. Norden, Anna. 

Jaquemyntje van 

John Haldron, Cor- Luykas. 

nelia v. Tienhove. 
Grietje Van Oort. Margrietje. 

Pieter Wesselse, Elizabeth. 

Anna Oosterhave. 
Johannes Buys, Neel- Johannes. 

tje Claas. 

Samuel Bayard, Mar- ^ i 

•^ V. ^ Samuel 
gareta van Cort- 



Isaac Fonda, Alida Elizabeth. 

Johannes Rykman, Tobias. 

Catharina Kip. 
Jan Willex, Margreta Margrietje. 



Ruthgerd Waldrom, Mar- 

ytje Waldrom, hiiys v. 

van Fredrik Willemse. 
Gerret Schuyler, Barent 

Bon, Marytje Goederus. 
Frans W e n n a m, Maria 

Philip Daly, Cattyntje 

Potman, huys v: van 

Cornelus Post. 
JohannesBeekman, Aaltje 

Beekman, s: h: vrouw. 

Hendrikus van Gelder, 
Catharina Keteltas. 

Davidt Kermer, Judith 

Benjamin Oldes, Aaltje 

Schars, s: h: v^ 
Sjaert Olfertz, Dorathe 

Grienham, s: h: v. 

Theophilus Pels, Cath- 
lyntje de Foreest. 

Samuel PhiHpz, Tr)>ntje 

van Thienhove. 
Willem Broiiwer, Marytje, 

s: h^: V'. 
Balthazar de Hart, Eliza- 
beth van Dyk. 
Isaac Stoutenbiirg, Anna- 

tje Van den Biirg. • 
Steven de Lance, Maria 

IJayard Wed: van B^' 

Jacobus van Cortlant, 

Susanna Brokhorst, h. 

V. v., A' Brok., Maria 

Brokhorst j. dochter. 
Hdybert van den Berg, 

Marytje Lancing. 
Tobias Rykman, Samdel 

Kip & Margreta, s. h. v. 
Willem Appel, Marretje 


1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 



July II. Andries Meyer, Jn'., Louwrens. 

Geertje Wessels. 
15. Thomas Dalje, Maria Willem. 


Philippus van Bos- Harmanus. 
sem, Margrietje 
Cornelus Smits, Hes- Susanna. 

ter Visscher. 
Frans Reyerse, Antje Theiinis. 
22. Johannes de Peister, Catharina. 

Anna Banker. 
Aiig^stfis I. William M a d d o x, William. 

Zusanna Eradjor. 
g. Johannes Van Herts- Elizabeth, 

berge, Catharina 
James Water, Mary tje Marytje. 
10. Jacobus Moene, Martinus. 

Grietje Dirks. 

Jan Hibon, Catharina Barent. 

Ruthgerd Waldrom, William. 

Debora Pel. 
Elias EUessen, Sara Hendrik. 

Michiel Stevens, Elizabeth. 

Rejertje Mol. 
Casparus Blank, Elizabeth. 

Aginietje Post. 
Johannes Vreden- Elizabeth. 

burg, Antje Mon- 

Samuel De, Celitje Samliel. 

Jasper Hood, Tryntje Thomas. 

Abraham Van Vlek, Cathalina. 

Maria Kip. 
Boilwt W e s s e 1 s e, Frans. 

Maria Brestede. 
Septemb. 2. Jurian Witvelt, Maria Catharina. 

ten YKff" 
Abraham Vreden- Abraham. 

biirg, Isabella Par- 
sell, obyt. 






Louwerens Wessels e, 

Catharina van Hoorn. 
Benja™ Rivers «S: Barent 

de Foreest, Cornelia 

Jan de Lamontanje, Wy- 

burg V. Bossem. 

Willem Appel, Apalony 

Jacob Bratt, Aefje, s. h^ v'. 

Philip Schuyler, Catha- 
rina de Peister. 

Willem Roseboom, Sara 
ten Yk. 

Robberd Walters, Alette 

Thomas Jemmeson, Mar- 
re tje Aarts, Wed\ 

Frans Van Dyk, Antje 
Van Deventer. 

Barent Hibon, Sara, s: h' 

Pieter Brestede, Anna 

Hendrik EUessen, Mar- 

retje v. Heyninge. 
Willem Hyer, Ariaantje 

de Wint. 
Abraham van G e 1 d e r, 

Catl)>ntje, s. h. v'. 
Gerret de Graw, Dorathe 

Hyer, s: h^ v'. 

Frans Franse, Jannetje 

Jacobus Goelet, Catha- 
rina Wendall. 

Jacobus Kip, Catlyntje 
de Lanoy. 

Frans Wesselse, Tryntje 
Jans, s: h^ v^ 

James Lee, Catharina 

John Parcell, Sara Mon- 

42 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 

A* 1711. 



5. JanVanVoorn, Johannes. 

Judith Slott. 

9. Alexander F e n i x, Cornelia. 

Hester Van Vorst. 
Pieter Post, Catha- Adriaan. 

rina Beekman. 
Ed^iard B 1 a g g, Jo- Ediiard. 

hanna Vickers. 

'Claas Bogert, Grietje Johannes. 
12. Mangel Janse R o 1, Sara. 

Antje Hendrix 
Barnardlis Smith, An- Johanna. 

netje Cglevelt. 
WillemKronijWyntje Isaac. 


Septemb: 16. Jan Ellem, Johanna Elizabeth. 

23. Cornelus R o mm e, Rachel. 

Marytje Kierstede. 

Dirk Egbertse, Mar- Christina. 

grietje Feller. 
FredrikFyn,Jannetje Jannetje. 

vant Zandt. 
Pieter Burger, Catha- Daniel. 

rina Henyon. 
John Yyerey, Eliza- John. 

beth Layd. 



Fictoor Ecker, Annetje 
Elsewarth, h. v. van 
Josias Creeger. 

Willem Echt, Marytje 

Johannes Post, Antje 

Samuel CIouws, Cherrety 
Smith, h, V. van Jo- 
hannes Edsall. 

George Willes, Annetje 
Conselje, s: h: v. 

Samuel Filipz, Elsje van 

Coenraat ten Yk, Sara v. 

Vorst, s: h: v'. 
Lorwies v. Niewenhiiyse, 

Aefje, s, h^ vrouw. 

Abraham Rochel, Catha- 

rina Buys. 
Hans Kierstede, J', 

Rachel Kierstede, 
Jacob Brat, Aaltje Riem- 

Abraham v. Deurse, Ca- 

tharina vant Zant. 
Johannes Hennejon, An- 

nek Blom. 
Abram Wendel, & Tho- 
mas Statom, Catharina 

Dirk Kook, Susanna, s: 

h" v'. 

Ocktob: 7. 


D e n y s Woertman, Samiiel. 

Margrietje Beek- 
Anthony de Mill, Anthony. 

Marytje Provoost. 
Richmond Wytton, Elsje. 

Elsje Go sen s v. 

John Wide, Geertje Annetje. 

Stephanus Boeken- Sara. 

hove, Annatje 

Wessel Wessels e, Belitje. 

Marytje ten Yk. 
Joseph Houwer, Hester d^ 2 Isaac de Mill, Sara, s: h 

Christina de Mill. July gebo'. v' 

Isaac de Mill, Barbara 

Willem Appel, Marytje 


Frans Garbrantse, Eliza- 
beth Wessels. 

Albartus Hoist, Aaltje, s. 
h= v^ 

Coenraat ten Yk, Tryntje 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A° 1711, 




Oktob. 24. 

Novemb: 6. 



Decemb. 5. 


Jeremiah Borresh, 

Cornelia Ekkeson. 
Johannes Brouwer, 

Marytje Lam. 
Willem Provoost, 

Aefje Exveen. 
Joseph Lush, Maria 

Janse Jonker. 
Gerret van Laar, Jan- 

netje Streddels. 
Larnmert van D y k, 

M arre tje Hoog- 

Daniel Lietiwis, 

Geerje Bradjor. 
F r e d r i k Woerten- 

dyk, D i e V e r t j e 

Johannes Tuck, 

Antje Cornells. 

Philip Van Cortlant, 
Catharina de Peys- 

Daniel Judevoor, En- 
geltje Cornelus. 

Willem van de Water, 
Aefje Ringo. 

Burger Davids, Mary- 
tje Romme. 

Davidt Cosaac, 
Styntje Joris. 

Christoffel Beekman, 
Marytje Lanoy. 

Cornelus Turk, Eliza- 
beth van Schaik. 

Matheus Bensing, Ca- 
tharina Provoost. 




Isaac Swits, J a n n e t j e 



Alexander Lam, Aaltje 



Samuel Provoost, Catha- 

rina de Water. 


Thomas Statham, Maria 



Christoffel v. Laar, Catha- 

rina Streddels. 


Johannes Hooglant, S'., 

Jenneke Andries, s. h. 


V • 

Benjamin Bill, Cornelia 



Benjamin Quakkenbos, 

Claasje, s. h^ v^ 










Egbert v. Bossen, Hendrik. 

Elizabeth Bensing. 
Hendrik^ Vonk, Ca- Lucretia. 

tharina Hegeman. 
Willem Liewis, Ma- Wilhelmiis. 

ria v. Bommel. 
Hendrik Brevoort, Hendrik^s. 

Jaquemyntje Boke. 
Harmanus Bensing, Catlyntje. 

Aaltje Bickers. 
Evert Pels, Grietje v. Rachel. 


Pouwelus Tuck, Aaltje, 

h u y s v"^ V. Cornelis 

Coll. Abrah: de Peyster, 

•Geertruyd van Cortlant, 

Willem Krom, Elizabeth 

Johannes Pouwelse, 

Geertrtiy Ringo. 
Sjoert Olfertz, Catharina 

Pieter Jacobse, Rebecka, 

s. h= V'. 
Gerardus Beekman, Mag- 
dalena, s: h^ v'. 
Johannes Bogert, Claasje 
■ Van Schaik. 
Davidt Provoost Jonath 

Z,, Marytje Provoost 

j, docht: 
Samson Bensen, Marretje 

Adriaan Hegeman, Alida 


Sara Elsewarth. 
Jan W i 1 1 e m s e Rome, 

Marytje Boke. 
Robberd Bense, Cornelia, 

s: h'' v". 
Willem Elsewarth, Eliza- 
beth Pels. 


Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A" 1711. 






January i, 


Thomas Powel, Jan- Elizabeth, 
netje Waldrom. 

Isaac Brat, Dievertje Barent. 

Thomas Robberdz, Jannnetje. 

Geerje Liewis. 
Gerret Burger, Pieter. 

Saartje Reyers. 

Thomas Slow, Eliza- Margareta. 

beth Wessels. 
J a c o b ti s Provoost, Abraham. 

Marytj e Van d' 

William Neiiton, Eli- William. 

zabeth Lee. 
Johannes Peek, 

Tryntje Hellaker. 



Gerret Harssing, En- 
geltje Burgers. 

Albartiis Coenradus Jozeph 
Bosch, Maria Hendri- 
Jeedts. ktis. 

William Play. William. 

Susanna Fyn. Margery. 

A 1712. 
Stephanus Richard, Pieter. 

Maria Van Brugh. 
John Tantonn, Jen- Elizabeth. 

neke Harden- 

Anthony Caar, An- EHzabeth. 

netje H6yke. 
John Cure, Gerretje Belitje. 

Henry Kool, Geertje Jannetje. 



Martinus C r i g i e r, Hendrik. 

Margrietje v. Da- 

Gerret S c h li y 1 e r, Pieter. 

Aeghje de Groof. 
A n d r i e s Harden- Theodoras. 

broek, Femmetje 

V. d' Clyflf. 


Will Waldrom, Jan v. 
Sent, Annetje Wal- 

Lourens Wesselse, 
Aefje Bret. 

Leonard Lieiiwis, Jaapje 
s: dochter. 

Gysbert v. Imbiirg, Sara 

Pieter Brestede, Marga- 

riet Narthen. 
Abrah: Provoost, Catha- 

rina, huys v' van M' 

Samiiel Staats. 
Barnardus Hardenbroek, 

Deborah Filding. 
g Willem Brouwer & Mary- 
I tje, s: h'' v', Aric Ko- 
l ning, Antje Peck. 
Frans van Dyk, Elizabeth 

Gerret v. Hoorn & Elsje, 

s: h^ v"^, Casparus Bosch 

& Antje Smith, h. v. 

van Justus Bosch. 
Abrah: Bradjor. 
Elizabeth de Boog, John 

Thebles, Sara Play, j. 


Cornelus Clopper, J'., Ca- 

tharina, s. h^ vrouw. 
Barnardus Hardenbroek, 
Anneke Hardenbroek. 

Jacob Fenix, Antje van 

Hendrik Vander Helil, 
Matje, s: h^ vrouw. 

Christoffel Hardenbroek, 
Catharina Harden- 

Johannes Banker, Jan- 
netje Krieger. 

Adolph de Groof, Alida 

Christoffel Hardenbroek, 

Geerje v. Clyff, Wed^. 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A* 1712. 




January 27. 


February 3. 







Jan Cornelusse van . , • 
XT- 1 1 T 1 Andries 
Niewkerkjjenneke ^ ,, 


Abraham van Deurse, 
Lucretia Bogardiis. 

John Estrey, Rebecka 

Cornelus de Peyster, 
Cornelia Diss en- 

Margrietje Her- 

Anthony Byrank, 
Teiintje Laning. 

Hendriklis C o e r t e, 
Elizabeth De Re- 

Pieter Davidts, Maria 

Joseph Smith, Mar- 
greta Korse. 

Gerret Keteltas, Ca- 

tharina v, Dyk. 
F r a n s Garbrantse, 

Elizabeth Wessels. 
Johannes Hooglant, 

Jenneke Andries. 
Richard Care, Mary- 

tje C ok ever. 
Jurian Wold, Aaltje 

An t h o n y Lippenar, 

Elizabeth de 

Abraham Aalsteyn, 

Marretje Jans. 
CoenraatTen Yk, S", 

Anna van Eps. 
Coenraat Ten Y k, 

Jiifi'., Sara Van 

Johannes Van d e r 

Spiegel, Marretje 

Harmaniis Rutgers, 

Catharina Meyer. 
Hendrik Kiiyler, Ma- 
ria Jacobz. 

















2 Andries Brestede, Anna 
I Maria v. Varik, Johan- 
I nes Brestede, Jannetje 
Johannes v. Deurse, Jan- 
netje, s, h, v'. 
Jacob Conink, Johannes 

Isaac de Peyster, Corne- 
lia Law. 

Volkert & 


Gerret Duyking, Marytje 

By van g. 
Isaac de Riemer, Se', An- 

tje Keteltas. 

Cornelus Kierstede, 
Aariaantje de Groof. 

Johan' Hardenbroek, Ca- 
tharina Hardenbroek, 
J. docht: 

Johannes van G i e s s e n, 
Antje Keteltas. 

Abrah: Splinter, Annetje 

Anthony Rutgers, Catha- 
rina V. de Water. 

Hendrik van Rood, Matje 
van der Heiil. 

Jan Thomasse Vos, Wil- 
lemyntje Brouwer. 

Barent de Kleyn, Maria 

Theophilus Pels, Maria 

Johannes Banker, Geer- 
truyd Staats. 

Jacobus Krankheyt, Eli- 
zabeth, s: h^ v'. 

Hendrik us Van der Spie- 
gel, Annetje v: d"' Spie- 
gel Wed: V. Jacobus. 

Hendrik Van der Heul, 
Hendrikje Rutgers. 

John Crugo, Maria K(iy- 
ler, s: h^ v'. 


Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [Jan., 

Maart i6. 



Maart 2. John Lasler, Helena Elizabeth. 

9. John Thorne, Maria John. 

Theiinis van Waert, Catharina. 
Angenietje van der 
Jacob Sammons, Cat- Johannes. 

l)>ntje Bensen, 
Cozyn Andriesse, Claasje. 
Grietje Someren- 

Jacob P r e y e r, Lea Johanna. 

Joris H o o m s, Jen- Cornelia. 

neke Bogert. 
Theunis Van Vegte, Elsje. 

Antje Heermans. 
Jacob Brouwer, Pie- Johannes. 

ternella de Lamon- 

William H e m m e n, John. 

Maria Walgraaf. 
Johannes Hooglant, Rebecka. 

J^, Catharina Goe- 

Hendrikljs Van Gel- Fytje. 

der, F e m m e t j e 

Aarnout H e n d r i x, Neeltje. 

Geertje Claas. 
Johannes Brugh, Mar- Elizabeth. 

grietje Provoost. 
April 6. Corneliis J a c o b z e, Jacob. 

Jenneke Peers. 
13. AlbartusHulst, Aaltje Hilletje. 

Benjamin R i v i e r s, Maria, 

Aefje Mol. 
Thorn. Sickels, Jan- Wilhelmus. 

netje Brevoort. 
21. Casparus Bosch, Maryije. 

Jeanney Maeden. 

Giedion C a s t a n g, Jannetje. 

Tryntje Cokever. 
William White, Hend- Abigail. 

rikje Bosch. 
Jacob Massing, Cor- Cornelus. 

nelia Dykman. 




John Jansen, Elizabeth 

Johannes ten Yk & Wyn- 

tje, s: h' v'. 
Rip van Dam, Elizabeth 

de Foreest. 

Thomas Sammons, Ra- 
chel Couwenhove. 

Jan Arianse, Grietje So- 

Casparus Preyer, Celitje 

Elbert Harmese, Catha- 
rina, s: h^ vroiiw. 

Benjamin VanVegte, 
Geerje Heermans. 

Jan de Lamontagne, Eli- 
zabeth, s: h: v'. 

Adolph Philips, Catharina 

Philips, Wed". 
Gerret Duyking, Parent 

Hibon, Rebecka Goe- 

Jacob Bennet, Marretje 


Dirk Koek, Neeltje Sha- 

Gerret v. Hoorn, Helena 
de Kay. 

Jan Kierse, Marretje El- 
lis Wed^ 

Stephanus Baekenhove, 
Anna Hulst, s. h^ v". 

Thomas Statham, Maria 

Willem & Jan- ) 
netje [ 

Albartus Coenradiis 
Bosch, Marytje Jeets, 
s: h=: v'. 

Isaac Van Deiirse, Jan- 
netje Cokever. 

Johannes Jooste, Jiidith, 
s. h= v^ 

Gerret Hassing, Engeltje, 
s: h^ v'. 


1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A' 1712. 


May II. 




Juny I. 






Hendrikus Van der Louwerens. 

Spiegel, Anneke 

Jacob Hoogteling, Hendrik. 

Jannetje v. Noor- 

Jan Rosevelt, Heyltje Johannes. 

Jacobus Mol, Lidia Rachel. 

Adriaan Man, Hester Adriaan. 

Richard Uagere, Hes- Richard. 

ter Blank, 
GerretViele, Jannetje Hendrik. 

V. Veurde. 
Samson Bensen, Jn"., Abraham. 

Marytje Boke, 
Benjamin Bil, Geerje Penelope. 

Jacob Blom, Mayke Marytje. 

Benjamin Quakken- Lea. 

bos, Claasje Web- 
Jacobus V. Varik, An- Sara. 

na Maria Brestede. 
Robberd B e n s i n g, Tryntje. 

Cornelia Roos. 
Frans Van Dyk, Fy- Hendrikje. 

tje Dirks. 
John Cruger, Maria Maria. 

Jan Herres, Jannetje Jasper. 

Andries Ten Yk, Ba- Dirk. 

rendina Her ten- 
Thomas Sanders, Jacob. 

Aaltje Santfoordt. 
P a t r i k Macknight, John. 

Amea Clopper. 
Jan Brestede, Anna Anna Maria. 

Maria Elzewarth. 
Joachim Staats, oby, Elizabeth. 

Francj'ntje L e y- 

Johannes van Deurse, Catharina. 

Jannetje Marthel. 
Jacobus MoCiritz, El- Elzebeth. 

zebeth Stevens. 


David Provoost, J"., Sa- 
ratje Van Dam, 

Marinus Roelofse, Agnie- 
tje Hanjon. 

Johannes v. der Heiil & 

Jannetje, s: h^ vr: 
Maria Lass. 

Samliel Pel, Maria Mesier, 

s. h. V. 
Benjamen Oldes, Hester 

Blank, ze". 
Jacobus Moene, Johan- 
na^ Janson. 
Samson Bensen, S"^ Tan- 

neke Boke. 
Michiel Basset, Helena, 

s: hs: v". 
Johannes Hardenbroek, 

Saartje Hyer. 
Cornellis Webber, Diever 


Jan Van Varik, Margrietje 

Varik jo. docht. 
Dirk Bensen, J", AaLtje h^ 

v^ v. Gerret Provoost. 

Gerret & ) tr 
^ ^.- \ Hassmg. 
Engeltje j ° 

Abrah: Kuyler, Maria 
Hendrik Ciiylers, h. v. 

Adriaan Man, Jannetje 

Coenraat Ten Yk, Jn'., 
Rachel Grant. 

Richard Rhee, Sytje Sant- 

Cornelus & ) Klop- 
Catharina j pers. 

Christoffel Brestede, Ca- 
tharina Brestede, s. siis'. 

Samuel Staats, Elizabeth, 
h. v. V. Joh: Schuyler. 

Abrah. van Dedrse, Lu- 
cretje, s: hs: v'. 

Gerrardus Mouritz, Mar- 
grietje Paske. 

48 The Arms and Seals of New York: a Defence. [Jan., 


To the Publication Committee of The New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Record. 

Gentlemen: In regard to the paper printed in the October, 1885, 
number of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, on 
'* The Arms of the State of New York, and How They have been Altered," 
I think that in ahnost all respects it would be sufficient that you should 
allow me to refer those who have the time and the disposition to investigate 
and form their own opinions on the matters contested against to the three 
papers on the New York Arms with which my name is associated. 

These published papers are " The Correct Arms of the State of New 
York" and " Second Paper on the Correct Arms," printed in separate pam- 
phlets in Albany, in 1880 and 1882, and in 1884 together in Vol. X. of the 
"Transactions of the Albany Institute j " and then the " Report of the State 
Commission on the New York Arms," published in the "Assembly Docu- 
ments of 1882," to one edition of which there is appended a letter of mine to 
the commission. They may be found in the public libraries of the State. 
I see no occasion, after reading the article in The Record in close compari- 
son with these three papers, for modifying a hne in them so far as these 
criticisms are concerned. The decision of broad-minded, practical, and 
reasonable men will be that, in the absence of a written blazon or descrip- 
tion of the original arms and seals, the conclusions of the commission as 
to what was a fairly-reproduced drawing of them is both defensible and 

The October article in The Record gives the greatest prominence to 
questions of color. Now, in the insignia of our State, called arms, and in 
the designs for seals, color was of secondary importance, although in the 
science of heraldry, which, however, has only an artificial and illusory exist- 
ence in this country, it may be of serious significance for a family coat-of- 
arms. And I should as soon think of entering into debate with the author 
of this paper on a question of heraldic colors as with a king-of-arms of 
the Heralds' College in London. But in the New York Arms questions 
of color are involved in but very slight degree, for in the two oldest ex- 
amples of the arms, matters of color were apparently disregarded by the 
commissions of the years 1777 and 1778. And so far as color was at- 
tended to by the painters of the third and fourth drawings, those of the 
Gansevoort flag of 1778, and the St. Paul's Chapel picture of 1785, it has 
not been disregarded by the commission of 1882 in the restored arms. In 
view of the uncertain and late date of the chapel painting, we have but 
one early witness as to color, the Gansevoort flag of 1778. 

As I am here strengthening the statement of the first and second papers 
on the correct arms, by speaking of two drawings instead of only one 
earlier than the flag of 1778, let me explain the new position taken. In- 
stead of three authoritative early drawings, we now speak of four : (i) 
The Great and Privy Seal of 1777 ; (2) The Arms in the Initial Letter in 
the MiUtary Commissions of 1778 ; (3) The Gansevoort Flag of 1778 ; (4) 
The St. Paul's Chapel Painting of 1785. 

The importance of No. i was partially explained in the second paper, 

i886.] The Arms and Seals oj Neiv York : a Defence. aq 

but the significance of the two seals of 1777 has assumed more definite 
value since that was written. The commission of 1777 rej-orted a large 
pendant seal, made of wax, covered with paper on each side, and the ob- 
verse and reverse were both impressed with emblems. One side had a 
rock in the midst of the sea, the motto Frustra, and the date of 1777 ; the 
other side had a rising sun behind mountains, and water in front, with a 
meadow at the base. ATany of these may still be found in the public offices 
at Albany. It bore the legend, " The Great Seal of the State of New York," 
and was attached, as was usual, to documents by a string. The other seal, 
which was not a fifth of the size of the great seal, had a picture of a demi- 
globe, upon which stood an eagle, and around the margin was the motto, 
Excelsior. This small seal became immediately the governor's privy seal, 
to be used by him as the law of 1778 provided, for such cases as those 
where the colonial governor had used a privy seal, which was often their 
own family crest. It will be found attached to all the scores of those mil- 
itary commissions of that year, still preserved at the capitol, which have 
the initial T containing the State arms.* 

When, early in the year 1778, it was found that, in consequence of the 
distracting affairs of the war, the commission had not completed the duty 
assigned them, and had only reported a great and privy seal, a second 
commission was appointed, who speedily reported the " arms complete " 
which were adopted in the law of March 16, 1778. The facts show that 
the second commission completed the work of the first commission by 
adopting the great seal already reported as the shield of the arms, and the 
privy seal as the crest of the arms, and solely added as supporters Liberty 
and Justice, with the motto transferred to the scroll on which they stand. 
As the drawing of the '' arms complete " appears on an engraved military 
commission at least as early as June, and within three months of the 
passage of the law of March 16, 1778, adopting the arms, it is doubtless 
the first engraving of them ever made, and consequently it becomes the 
second in order of time of our early examples of the arms and seals. What 
the commissions said or thought about color we do not know, though we 
do adopt color from the two later drawings. As the first commission intro- 
duced a meadow at the base of the shield, which the author of the October 
article does not adopt, so the second commission introduced at the foot of 
Liberty an overturned crown, of which also the writer makes no mention, 
notwithstanding that this crown is found in the same spot on our second, 
third, and fourth early pictures of the arms already mentioned. The com- 
mission of 1882, on the contrary, have altered nothing. There cannot be 
a pretence for the change, even in the matter of color. The omission of 
the overturned crown, which is so distinctly pictured on these three earliest 
representations of the "complete" arms, cannot be satisfactory to lovers 
of American institutions, when they stop to recall the men who placed it 
there, and the years in which they retained it there. 

The great seals to whose authority the October article appeals are 
those as late as the years 1798 and 1809 ; the great seal to which the late 
commission appeals is of the year 1777. The critic affirms that there is 
some representation which "has been accepted as the true arms for a hun- 
dred years" (p. 155); and, again, "have been used during the whole cen- 

* The tendency with publishers and engravers to perpetuate an error is illustrated in the editions of The 
New York Civil List, that year after year print drawings of the ancient seals. The edition for 1883 still 
otnits the meadow at the base of the shield of the great seal of 1777, although it is not wanting in any oi>e 
of the original wax-seals impressions still extant. 

CO Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches. [Jan., 

tury, with all sorts of bad drawing" (p. 152}. On the contrary, it was be- 
cause there was uncertainty in every man's mind what were the arms of New 
York that he engaged, in 1875, in making anew drawing; and it was 
because attention was afterward called to three earlier representations 
than the chapel painting of 1 785 that the new commission was appointed. 
This new commission was carefully informed up to the last moment pre- 
ceding its adoption of their report of all the objections made by the author 
of the October article. A special portfolio, also in the State Library, con- 
tains at least forty pictures which have been in use as legitimate represen- 
tations of the arms differing from each other ; and within a few months I 
have received copies of all the seals in use in the counties of the State, 
and not one of them conforms to the arms or the seals of 1798 or 1809, 
nor did one of the seSls in use in the departments at the capitol in t88i 
conform to those seals or to the arms of any date. 

There is an importance to be ascribed to the new law of 1882 on the 
arms, that it embodies a blazon or verbal description of them, and no 
description of them has hitherto been found anywhere. The fact is of 
equal importance that under this new law each department at the capitol 
is required to use the State arms only as its seal, instead of indulging, as 
many of them did, in designs for seals which had no relation whatever to 
the State arms. To have established by law these two measures is a result 
of such permanent and eminent value as to cause questions relative to 
color merely to sink easily out of view. The severe epithets in the article 
have been observed, but there is no occasion to rebut them by any further 
remarks than those contained in the preceding statements. It is plain 
from the report of the commission of 1882, and from this rejoinder, that 
the author of the October article, by not recognizing the meadow at the 
base of the shield, as found in the two earliest drawings, and by his not 
mentioning and leaving off the crown at the foot of Liberty, which is upon 
three of the early pictures of the arms, including the fourth or chapel pic- 
ture, which had been before him, has brought us directly to his topic, " how 
the arms have been altered ! " And the answer follows directly that as 
the commission has retained these, that they at least have had no dis- 
position to alter and have not altered the original arms or seals. 
Very respectfully your obedient servant, 

, Henry A. Homes. 
New York State Library, 

Albany, N. Y., December 20, 1885. 


(Continued from Vol. XVI., p. 141, of The Record.) 

, 1784- 
(198) ^^ 

Hay. May 17"'. Elizabeth Hallam, Dau' of Col. Samuel Hay & 

Eliz* Neil his wife, born April 29* 1784. 

Mecker. May 18*. Sarah Meeker, an Adult. 

Howard. June 7*\ Rachel, Dau"" of James Howard & Rachel 

Johnson his wife, born June 26"*, 1781. 

i886.] Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches. ^ i 

Elizabeth, Dau' of John DeGroat and Mary- 
Laurence his wife, born April 14^'', 1784. 

Jacob, son of John Lasher & Catharine Ernest 
his wife, born June i'^', 1784. 

Catherine, Dau' of Abraham Van Alstyne and 
Catherine, his wife, born May 29'^ 1784. 

Eve, Dau' of William Sills and MaryVVitsell his 
wife, born May 29'^ 1784. 

Stephen, Son of Christopher Golow and De- 
borah Wicks his wife, born May 14"', 1784. 

Sarah, Dau' of Jeremiah Youmans, & Hannah 
Wiltman his wife, born April 24"', 1784, 

Rachel, Dau' of James Van Brockle and Agness 
Bennett his wife, born Nov' 29"', 1779. 

Mary, their Dau', born March 18*, 1783. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Alexander Moncrief and 
Jane Patterson his wife, born Dec' 9* 1776. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Jonathan Clark and Eliz* 
Turner his wife, born Feb'^ 20"", 1784. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Samuel Bradhurst and Mary 
Smith his wife, born April 25'^ 1784. 

Mary, Dau' of Thomas Kennedy and Mary 
Warren his wife, born June 7*, 1784. 

Sarah, Dau' of Henry Brashier and Lucy Clark 
his wife, born March 3**, 1 784. 

Sarah, Dau' of William Ludlum and Marg* 

Meeker his wife, born Feb"^ 1 7% 1 783. 
Henry, Son of Lemuel Bunce and Eve Sheaffe 

his wife, born April 23'', 1784, 
Fredfrick, Son of Frederick Geraud and Re- 

bekah Post, his wife, born June 17"', 1784. 
Hannah, Dau' of Jacob Smith & Mary Pet- 

tinger his wife, born Sept' 24"^, 1783. 
William Thomas, Son of Thomas Moody & 

Janet Heburn, his wife, born Aug'' Io*^ 1781. 
Benjamin A., Son of Benjamin Egbert and 

Mary Areson his wife, born Nov' 9'^ 1777- 
Elizabeth, their Dau', born Oct' I8'^ 1781. 
William, their Son, born Aug' I2'^ 1783. 
Ann, Dau' of Frederick Davoe, & Ann Are- 
son his wife, born Aug' i4*\ 1783. 
John Waldron, son of Richard Norris & Ann 

Waldron his wife, born Nov' 24"^, 1776. 
Ann, their Dau', born April 21'', 1780. 
Richard, their Son, born Feb'>' i9'\ 1782. 
Mary, their Dau', born Oct' I4•^ 1783. 
John James, Son of James Stewart and Sarahi 

Schermerhorn his wife, born July II'^ 1784.. 
James, Son of John Watson & Catharine King; 

his wife, born July 31", 1784- 

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William, Son of Ephraim Whitlock and Ann 
Tiebout his wife, born Oct' 25* 1779, 

Joseph, Son of John Brown & Mary Herriot 
his wife, born Oct' 23"^, 1781. 

David Dunlap, Son of George Geddes and Isa- 
bella Hayes his wife, born June 10*, 1784. 

William, Son of James Mcintosh and Rachel 
Porterfield his wife, born July 16*, 1784. 

John, Son of James McMaster & Sarah John- 
son his wite, born July iS"", 1784. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Alexander Bowen & Han- 
nah Lambert his wife, born Jan'^ 20^*", 1776. 

Ann, Dau' of George Clark & Ann Graham 
his wife, born March 14"", 1784. 

Margaret & Janet, twin Dau" of James Blair 
& Jane Sutherland his wife, born Aug' 10*, 

John Ellis, Son of John Wool and Ann Relay 
his wife, born Jan"^ 31", 1784. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of William Mencor & Susan- 
nah Whiting his wife, born Aug' i6'^ 1784. 

John, son of WilHam Ash & Mary Montanye 
his wife, born July 18"', 1784. 

Mary Hamilton, Dau' of Henry Kennedy & 
Ann Durlay his wife, born Nov"^ 5% 1782. 

Thomas, their Son, born Aug' 8, 1 784. 

Thomas, son of Thomas Smithson & Hannah 
Cochran his wife, born Dec' 20'^ 1782. 

Jemima, Dau' of John Turnier & Hannah 
Bugby his wife, born Aug' 1 7'^ 1 784. 

James, Son of James Morrison & Ann Benson 
his wife, born June 28"", 1777. 

David, their Son, born Aug', 1779. 

John & Mary, their Twin Children, born Aug' 
12"^, 1 781. 

Sarah, Dau' of James McDonald & Mary Perry 
his wife, born Feb'^ 14'^ 1781. 

Joseph, their Son, born Sept' 14"', 1781. 

Jabez, Son of Jeremiah Stone & Ann Walker 
his wife, born July 5"", 1783. 

Maria, Dau' of Ezra Starr & Elizabeth Cod- 
wise his wife, born Feb'^ 22d, 1784. 
Mary, Dau' of James McCullen & Mary Curry 
his wife, born May 15"', 1780. 
, James, their Son, born April 17"', 1782. 
William, their Son, born July 19'^, 1784. 
. Barbara, Dau' of Donald McFaden and Mary 

McClain his wife, born Aug' 21'", 1784. 
. Robert, Son of Robert Neil & Phebe Wheeler 
his wife, born Aug' 29th, 1784. 

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Eleanor Brasher, Dau"" of Jacob Hagerman & 

Sarah Berrien his wife, born Aug' 29"", 1784. 
John, Son of John Smithson & Hannah Coch- 
ran his wife, born Feb"^ I3'^ 1781. 
John, Son of John GilHland & Catharina Ara- 

mina his wife, born June 24*, 1784. 
John, Son of John Montanyie & Mary Blain his 

wife, born Aug' 15'^, 1780. 
John, Son of Joseph WalUs & Sarah Tattersill 

his wife, born Sept" 29"*, 1780. 
EHzabeth, their Dau", born Sepf 29'^ 1782. 
Sarah, their Dau', born Sepf 5"", 1784. 
EHzabeth, Dau' of James WoodhuU and Ke- 

turah Strong his wife, born Sepf 2^, 1784. 
Halbert, Son of CorneUus Vanderhoeff and 

Margaret Keyser his wife, born Aug' 30*, 

Phebe, Dau' of Abraham Tucker & Susannah 

Crane his wife, born Dec' 13"", 1781. 
Clark, their Son, born Dec"' 21=', 1783. 
William Harrison, son of William Cooly and 

Sybil Curtis his wife, born July ii"*, 1784. 

James, Son of Walter Angus & Jane Burns his 
wife, born Sepf 2 5'^ 1784. 

Alexander, Son of John Cameron and Mary 
Frazer his wife, born Sepf 24'\ 1784. 

John, Son of Robert Martin & Catharine 
Somerdyke his wife, born Ocf 7'^ 1 784. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of James Edward and Chris- 
tian Sybbald his wife, born Sepf 6'^ 1 784. 

Isabella, Dau"" of Robert Montgomery & Jane 
Wood his wife, born July I3'^ 1784. 

Jane, Dau' of Isaac Jones & Mary Lasher his 
wife, born Sepf 23d, 1784. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Joseph Watkins and Eliz'" 
Gilligham his wife, born Oct. 6'^ 1 784. 

Robert, son of Robert Dongal and Mary Hors- 
man his wife, born Ocf 2 9'^ 1784. 

Antoinette, Dau' of Lewis Nichols & Mary 
Thompson his wife, born Ocf 20th, 1784. 

Cornelia, Dau' of John Bingham Jun' and Ari- 
ante Vandeusen his wife, born Nov' 3^*, 1 784. 

Lewis, Son of William Wilcocks and Eliz'" Ash- 
field his wife, born Sep' 21", 1784. 

Mary, Dau' of Thomas Lincoln & Ann Pool 
his wife, born Ocf II'^ 1784. 

Susannah, Dau' of Hosea Lincoln & Eliz*^ 
Carrol his wife, born Sepf 22**, 1784. 

Margaret, Dau' of Archibald Currie & Cathar- 
ine Sebring his wife, born Nov' I6'^ 1784. 

Joseph, Son of Joseph Blackwell and Mary 
Hazard his wife, born Ocf 6% 1778. 

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Fiances Elizabeth, their Dau', born Feb'^^ 7*, 

CaroHne, their Dau', born Ocf 23^*, 1783. 
Margaret, Dau' of Hugh Duncan and Marg' 

McQuean his wife, born Nov" (f^^ 1784. 

Phcebe, Dau" of Abel Gale and Phoebe Den- 
ton his wife, born June 9'^ 1784. 

Timothy, son of Thomas Tredwell & Ann 
Hazard his wife, born Nov' ig'*", 1784. 

Stephen, Son of Elijah Sneden & Sarah Gregory 

his wife, born Aug* 27"", 1784. 
Francis, Son of George Misseroy and Catharine 

his wife, born Nov' 2d, 1784. 
James, Son of Robert Lacky and Susannah Noe 
his wife, born Nov' 4"*, 1 784. 

Mary, Dau' of William Wilson & Janet Loe 
his wife, born Oct' 17*, 1784, 

Robert, son of John Van Voorhis & Mary 
McKnight his wife, born Nov' 29'^, 1784. 

David, Son of Jotham Wright and Eliz"' Duzen- 
bury his wife, born Dec' 14*, 1779. 

Martha, Dau' of Moses Sherwood & Ehz"" Mil- 
ler, his wife, born Nov' 5*, 1784. 

James, Son of Thomas Hazard & Martha 
Smith his wife, born Dec' 19*, 1784. 

Elizabeth, their Dau', born Dec' 19*, 1784. 

Massy, Dau' of Benjamin Smith & Ann Ben- 
net, his wife, born May I6'^ 1780. 

Ann, their Dau', born Nov' 23**, 1784. 

Rachel Lake, an Adult. 

John, son of James Luke and Rachel Mul- 
leneaux his wife, born Nov' 13"", 1781. 
: Males, 79 ; Females, 85 ; Total, 164. 

Charles, Son of Cornelius Davis and Mary 

Crane his wife, born Nov' 22*^, 1784. 
Sophia, Dau' of Hugh Henderson and Hannah 

Sheaff his wife, born Dec' 13% 1784. 
Isabella, Dau' of Thomas Bushfield and Jane 

McMurry his wife, born Nov' 25th, 1784. 
Sarah, Dau' of Shepard KoUock & Susannah 

Arnet his wife, born Oct' 5'**, 1782. 
John Ramsay, Son of Alex' Thompson & Abi- 
gail Amelia De Hart his wife, born Nov' 

26^ 1784. 
James, Son of^ Michael Garrit & Mary Matthews 

his wife, born Dec' i8th, 1784. 
Mary, Dau' of ^2neas McKay & Ruth Hillery 

his wife, born July 5**", 1783. 
Eleanor, Dau' of Matthew Raynor & Letitia 

Marschalk his wife, born Dec' 10*, 1784. 

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Blauvelt and Van Antwerp Families. — E. M. Van Antwerp, of 43 S, Elliott 
Place, Brooklyn, L.L, who has been for sometime past engaged in collecting material for 
the Blauvelt family record and the Van Antwerp family record, especially desires in- 
formation concerning descendants of John Van Antwerp, who married Elizabeth Bogert • 
Jacobus Van Antwerp, who married Ann Bogert ; and Daniel Van Antwerp, who mar- 
ried Lydia Earl ; sons of Jacobus Van Antwerp, who came from Albany and settled in 
New York, 1741. The Van Antwerp line of descent to myself is Daniel Janse Van 
Antwerp, of Schenectady, born about 1635 ; Symon Danielse Van Antwerp, born 1685 ; 
Jacobus Van Antwerp, born 1724 ; Nicholas Van Antwerp, born 1760; Lewis Van Ant- 
werp, born 1794; William L. Van Antwerp, born 1832; Erwin M. Van Antwerp, 
born i860. 

Vandalism. — Two instances of modern vandalism, in connection with Washington 
Irving, have lately come under the writer's notice. They are, I presume, one of the 
penalties of popularity and world-wide fame. In the grand old palace of the Alhambra, 
on the heights of Granada, our guide, in 1883, showed the vacant spot from which some 
villain had pried out the piece of mosaic work on which the gifted author had written his 
name, on the occasion of his last visit in 1842. The other instance is the shameful mutila- 
tion of the simple marble-slab which marks his grave in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, at 
Tarrytown. When I last saw it in September, 1885, the stone was much injured, and I 
was informed by the slow-speaking and solemn superintendent, that it was the second 
one placed there, the first having been entirely destroyed by relic-hunters. j. g. w. 

Pike. — Colonel Nicholas Pike, of 575 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., is pre- 
paring a history of the descendants of John Pike, emigrant in 1635. The family em- 
braces many noted men of their times, for instance. Major Robert Pike, one of the 
wisest and earliest settlers in Massachusetts, and commander-in-chief of the Eastern 
forces ; the Rev. John Pike, a noted divine, and president of the New England Confer- 
ences ; Nicholas and James Pike, both authors, the former the friend of Washington ; 
Joseph Pike, the great Indian fighter, killed at Ponet Plains, in Revolutionary times ; 
General Zebulon Pike, and many others of the time. 

Dr. Williams Patterson, of Newark Valley, Tioga County, N. Y., the well- 
known genealogist, is now getting ready for the press the "East Haddam Folks' 
Record," on which he has been for many years engaged. He also has a large collection 
of Grant, and of Brockway genealogical material on hand. 

Record Index. — The index to names in Vol. XVI. of the New York Genealogical 
and Biographical Record has been unavoidably delayed, but will appear in the 
April number. It is now in preparation, but could not be completed in season for the 
present issue. 

Hannum. — Descendants of William Hannum, who emigrated from England to 
Massachusetts in 1630, are requested to correspond with C. S. Hannum, P. O. Box 501, 
Westfield, Mass., who is preparing a genealogy of the family. 

Marseilles. — Family of Huguenot origin, early settling in New Jersey. Can any- 
one inform me whether there is extant any coat-of-arnts of that name ? — Charles 
Marseilles, Exeter, N. H. 


Family Memorials. A Series of Genealogical and Biographical Monographs on the 

Families of Salisbury, Aldworth-Elbridge, Sewall, Pyldren-Dummer, Waller, Quincy, 

Gookin, Wendell, Breese, Chevalier-Anderson, and Phillips. With fifteen Pedigrees 

and an Appendix. By Edward Elbridge Salisbury. Square folio, pp. 696. 

Privately printed. 1885. [Two hundred copies only.] 

These two noble volumes (the book being bound in two volumes on account of its 

size) are a surprise to us, accustomed as we have become, of late years, to the extent and 

costliness of American family genealogies. Its princely (for that is the only fit term to 

eg Notes on Books. [Jan., 

apply) elegance of typography, its fine paper, wide margins, and rubricated lines, render 
it remarkable as a piece of finished book-making ; and, indeed, this has come to be the 
usual verdict on all of the issues of Messrs. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, Printers to 
Yale College. But our surprise is increased when we examine the pages of these "Family 
Memorials," and observe the wealth of personal and family fact, anecdote, and corre- 
spondence which the author has had at his disposal, as well as the deftness and delicacy 
with which he has woven it into the record which he has here given us of his ancestry. 
It is seldom, perhaps, that one individual centres in himself so many lines of relationship, 
so widely diverse in origin, yet so generally permeated with all the elements of good 
blood and noble character. And it is still more seldom that the individual who is so 
fortunate has the greater good fortune of access to the rare collections of material which 
has fallen into Mr. Salisbury's hands, or of ability to use it with such felicitous discretion 
and modesty. English, Scotch, and Dutch have all contributed to the ancestral lines 
which the author has thus gathered on his own hands; and it is one of the finest 
groupings of individual character, depicted and blended together upon a genealogical 
background, which we have ever seen. To New England families especially it will be a 
most interesting study of the social life, manners, and customs of the olden time. We 
own to several "charmed hours" in looking over its pages. Its pedigrees (fifteen, 
printed upon parchment paper, and fully illustrated by family arms, etc.) would suffi- 
ciently establish Mr. Salisbury's reputation as a genealogist. The work displays the same 
deftness and precision of touch which characterizes his " Genealogy of the Griswold 
Family," which appeared in the Magazine of American History some time ago. It is in 
such works (and there are few enough of them) that genealogy rises to its full measure of 
development — when the family tree, rugged and venerable as to its trunk, and stalwart of 
limb and bough, blossoms forth anew into the bud and flower of biography and individual 
character — a witness of the past and a teacher to the present. H. R. s. 

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Vol. I., New York : Charles L. Webster & Com- 
pany, 1885. Sold by subscription. 

The long looked for first volume of General Grant's Memoirs appeared promptly, as 
promised, on the first day of December. It is an exceedingly well printed and bound oc- 
tavo of 584 pp., with steel portrait, plans, and maps. The second and concluding volume 
will be somewhat thicker, and will appear in the ensuing March. Of the volume before 
us, the astounding number of 318,000 copies were sold in the first twenty-nine days of 
December, 1885, a sale never before equalled in that space of time by any similar work. 
It will doubtless reach half a million before the close of the present year, 1886. It may 
be doubted if since the world began any book has been written under similar conditions. 
It throws Sir Walter Scott's efforts entirely in the shade. With one foot in the grave, the 
dying but determined soldier, suffering almost constant, and, at times, the severest 
agony, and never for a moment without discomfort, worked on unflinchingly till the last 
page was dictated. All English-speaking races have reason to be proud of Grant's mar- 
vellous exhibition of pure pluck and determination, and all the world to be interested in 
the modest story of his military career. It is unquestionably the most valuable contribu- 
tion yet made to the history of the late War. J. G. w. 

Bryant and his Friends : Some Reminiscences of the Knickerbocker writers. By 
Jambs Grant Wilson. Illustrated with steel portraits of Bryant, Pauldmg, and 
Halleck, and manuscript fac-similes of Bryant, Irving, Dana, Drake, Willis, Poe, Bay- 
ard Taylor, John Howard Payne, Geo. P. Morris, and Alfred B. Street. 444 pp., 
l2mo. Cloth, bevelled boards, gilt top, $2. New York : Fords, Howard & Hulbert. 

Gen. Wilson's wide acquaintance with books and men, and especially with the " Old 
Guard" of American authors associated with the poet Bryant, has enabled him to present 
us with not only a tenderly delightful portrait of him, but of those Men of Letters whose 
century may be said to have ended with the poet's death. Gracefully told is the story of 
each, and interwoven with many an odd bit of literary gossip, wit, anecdote, and remi- 
niscence. We know of one family who have passed several charmed evenings around the 
library table, listening to the stories of literary and personal history which are so felicitously 
gathered in this little volume. Small as it is, it adds very much new material to our pres- 
ent knowledge of the "Knickerbocker era" of American literature. And upon the 
library shelf it will find frequent use as a reliable source of reference. H. R. s. 

Century Magazine. — Many readers of the Record will be interested in a most 
valuable and entertaining paper from the pen of George Parsons Lathrop — a son-in-law 

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of Hawthorne — to be found in the December number of the Century Magazine. It is 
entitled "An American Lordship," and is descriptive of Gardiner's Island and the 
Gardiner family. The Century article is beautifully illustrated, and cannot fail to in- 
terest genealogists, a statement that may also be made in regard to the paper on 
the Gardiners in the present number of the Record. Another noteworthy illustrated 
article, contributed to the Cejitury by the venerable John Ericsson, of this city, describes 
the construction of the celebrated iron-clad monitors which rendered such invaluable ser- 
vice to the North during the War of the Rebellion. j. g. w. 

Colonial New York : Philip Schuyler and his Family. By George W. Schuyler. 2 
vols., 8vo. New York, 1885 : Charles Scribner's Sons. 

This most important contribution to the history of Colonial New York, and to one of 
its most prominent families, allied with the Bayards, Livingstons, Van Cortlandts, Ver- 
plancks, and Van Rensselaers, was begun merely as a genealogical study. After eight years 
of careful research among the archives of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New 
England, as well as among numerous private family papers, Mr. Schuyler has given to 
the world these two most valuable volumes, of which we hope to prepare a more full and 
elaborate notice for a future number of The Record. j. g. w. 

Charles Darwin. By Grant Allen. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 

This exceedingly well-written memoir of Charles Darwin is the first volume of the 
"English Worthies" series. To the many admirers of this author's scientific works on 
Evolution, etc., Mr. Grant Allen's biography will be warmly welcomed. The second 
volume of this neat and attractive i8mo series, which is edited by Andrew Lang, will 
appear early in January. Its subject is the Duke of Marlborough, one of England's three 
greatest soldiers, the other two being Cromwell and Wellington. The memoir of Marl- 
borough is from the pen of George Saintbury. j. G. w. 


At the first autumn meeting of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 
held at the Hall of the Academy of Medicine, Friday evening, October 9, 1885, President 
Drowne in the chair, a committee consisting of Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson, Hon. John Jay, 
and Hon. William Waldorf Astor, was appointed by him to draft suitable resolutions in 
regard to the death of Gen. U. S. Grant, an Honorary Member of the Society. 

* * * * :|c * if if *'* 

Whereas^ In the providence of God, this country and this Society are called on to mourn 
the death at Mt. McGregor, N. Y., on Thursday morning, July 23, 1885, of Gen. 
Ulysses S. Grant, 

Resolved, That this Society does hereby set forth its high appreciation of his patriotism 
and virtues, combined with the most exalted military skill. Under his leadership the late 
Rebellion was successfully subdued, and under his Presidency the country was restored to 
the paths of peace and prosperity. His public virtues and services were not greater than 
those which .so beautifully characterized all the relations of his private life. 

Resolved., That this Society hereby expresses its heartfelt and most rej-pectful sympathy 
with the family of the deceased, and that a copy of these resolutions, suitably engrossed 
and attested, shall be transmitted to Mrs. Grant. * * * 


Odell.— Pierre Odell, Esq., died at Hastings, Westchester County, N. Y., on Thurs- 
day, July 30, 1885. His ancestry may be traced as follows : 

Mr. William (i) Odell, the first of the family in this country, was at Concord, Mass., 
in 1639. He probably came to New England with the Rev. Peter Bulkeley, who was 
rector of the parish of Odell, in Bedfordshire, England, in 1620. Mr. Bulkeley's wife 


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was Grace, daughter of Sir Richard Chetwood, and granddaughter of Agnes Wodhull or 
Odell — the names being the same — who married Richard Chetwood, Esq., father of Sir 
Richard. The Odell family had been settled in Bedfordshire for many generations and 
it is probable that Mr. William ' Odell was a resident of that part of England. He' died 
at Fairfield, Conn., in June, 1676. 

William - Odell, Jr., his son, was of Fairfield, and afterward of Rye, N. Y., where 
he owned a large estate. His wife was the daughter of Richard Vowles, Esq., of Fair- 
field, member of the Colonial Assembly in 1665-8-9. From this William''' Odell, Jr., 
Pierre Odell was descended in the line of John ^, of Fordham, N. Y., whose wife was 
Johanna Turner ; John*, Jr., of Fordham, whose wife was Hannah Vermilyea ; Jona- 
than % of Greenburgh, N. Y., whose wife was Margaret Dyckman ; Colonel John s, of 
Greenburgh, whose wife was Abigail Browne ; Colonel Jackson \ of Greenburgh, whose 
wife was Anna Ward. 

Mr. Pierre * Odell's father. Colonel Jackson Odell, graduated from Columbia Col- 
lege in the class of 1814, and during the war of 1812 served on the staff of Major Gen- 
eral Pierre Van Cortlandt, having received his commission from General Clinton. 

He married Anna, daughter of Bartholomew and Elizabeth (Bonnet) Ward, and 
granddaughter of the Hon. Stephen Ward, Judge of Westchester County. 

Judge Ward's father was Edmund Ward, Esq., member of the Colonial Assembly, 
son of Edmund Ward, of Fairfield, Conn., and grandson of Andrew Ward, Esq. , of 
the same place, who was magistrate in 1636. 

This Andrew Ward was origuially of Watertown, Mass., where he was made freeman 
in 1634. 

Mr. Pierre Odell was born November i, 1828, in the old family homestead, situated 
near Hart's Corners, in the town of Greenburgh. This house, which is still standing, has 
some historical interest as having been the headquarters of the Count de Rochambeau 
during the war of the Revolution. 

Mr. Odell received a business education during the early years of his life, but after- 
ward engaged in teaching. 

He was much interested in agricultural pursuits, and attained considerable eminence 
as a horticulturist. 

He was a life member of the American Institute, and travelled extensively through 
the South and West, investigating the condition of the fruit lands. 

Mr. Odell was possessed of good literary ability, and at the time of his death was 
engaged on a biography of the Patriot Guides of the Revolution. 

He had the acquaintance of many distinguished men during his lifetime, and his fine 
conversational powers and genial manners made him many friends. 

He was greatly interested in politics, and took an active part in the late presidential 
campaign . 

Mr. Odell leaves a brother, William Dyckman Odell, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret 
King, of Montgomery, N. Y., and Miss Elizabeth Odell. RuFUS King. 

PiERREPONT. — William Constable Pierrepont died on Sunday evening, December 20, 
1885, at his home, Pierrepont Manor, Jefferson County, N. Y., at the age of eighty-two. 
A descendant of one of the old patroons, he inlierited large estates in the northwestern 
part of New York, on the borders of Jefferson and Oswego Counties, and he decided 
early in life to devote himself solely to the care of them, instead of moving to Brooklyn, 
in company with others of his family. His long but quiet life was therefore passed, with 
but slight intermissions, at his home in Jefferson County. He was a director in the 
County Bank and the other institutions near his home. His name, however, is best known 
in connection with the building of railroads in that region. He was the president of the 
Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad for a number of years. He was a devoted 
adherent of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Hobart College in 1871 conferred on him 
the degree of LL.D. He built and endowed a church near his residence, and another at 
Canaseraga, as a memorial of his youngest son. He contributed largely to the diocese 
of Minnesota, and endowed scholarships in the General Theological Seminary of this 
city, and also in Hobart College, Geneva. Mr. Pierrepont was a gentleman of culture 
and much reading, proverbially honorable and upright, and of broad views. He leaves a 
large family, some of whom are living in this city and Brooklyn. His brother, Henry E. 
Pierrepont, of No. i Pierrepont Place, Brooklyn, is one of the largest holders of real 
estate in that city. Mr. Pierrepont's funeral took place on Wednesday, December 23, 
and was largely attended by many prominent persons. j. g. w. 

Van Buren. — In the recent death of Colonel John D. van Buren, at Newburgh, N.Y., 
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representatives. He was born in this city in i8ii, was graduated at Columbia College 
in 1829, and studied law in the office of Hugh Maxwell. He abandoned the law for 
commerce, and became a partner in the well-known shipping house of Aymar & Co. , 
with which he was associated until about 1850, when he retired to a farm at New Wind- 
sor, in Orange County. He became engaged in politics as a member of the Democratic 
party; was a Member of Assembly in 1863, and held other positions. He derived his 
title of colonel from having been appointed Paymaster of the State Troops with that 
rank by Governor Seymour. Colonel van Buren married Miss Elvira L. Aymar, eldest 
daughter of the late Benjamin Aymar, an eminent merchant of this city, by his wife, 
Miss Elizabeth van Buren, of the same family as the colonel. Colonel van Buren leaves 
three sons — Aymar van Buren, of New Windsor, who married Margaret, daughter of 
the late Edmund Morton, a son of General Jacob Morton, a prominent member of New 
York society in the early part of the present century, whose house in State Street was 
the scene of an elegant ball which he gave to Lafayette in 1824 : John Dash van Buren, 
State Engineer 1876-78, who married Elizabeth Ludlow, daughter of the late Samuel 
T. Jones, and descended maternally from the old family of Ludlow : Robert van Buren, 
Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Water Works, who married Louisa, daughter of the 
late Samuel Aymar : and a daughter, Mrs. White. It may not be inappropriate to in- 
troduce a slight sketch of the van Burens here, as it has never appeared in print. This 
family has furnished a number of physicians to this State, the most prominent of whom 
in recent times was the late William. H. van Buren, of this city, who was a distant 
relative of Colonel John D. van Buren. This particular family is not known to be con- 
nected with the van Burens of Kinderhook, of whom was the late President Martin van 
Buren. Its earliest known ancestor was Dr. John van Buren, born in 1678, who came 
from Amsterdam, in Holland, to New York City, in 1700, became one of the principal 
physicians of the latter city, and died about 1757. He married a lady who was related 
to the old and prominent family of van Home. Through this alliance the van Burens 
are related to the McEvers, Bayards, and other noted families. The descendants of Dr. 
John van Buren have, for some unknown reason, generally spelled their name van Beureti. 
Dr. John van Buren had with other issue — Dr. Henry van Beuren, born 1725, of whom 
later, and Dr. Beekman van Beuren, born 1732, who was for many years a physician in 
this city, and died about 1800. He had three wives, Hyltje, daughter of William de 
Peyster and Margaret Roosevelt, a Miss Gilbert, and a Miss Vrelandt, and was father 
of Michael van Beuren, born 1786, a merchant in this city, who died in 1854. He 
married Miss Anne Dash, and was father of Colonel John D. van Buren, the subject of 
this notice. Mrs. Colonel van Buren's ancestor was Dr. Henry van Beuren, previously 
mentioned, born 1725, who removed to Flatbush, Kings Co., Long Island, where he 
practised his profession. He was a Tory during the Revolution, and died in 1797. He 
married Miss Catherine van Voorhees, whose sister, Miss Mary van Voorhees, married 
Peter Du Bois and was mother of Cornelius Du Bois, a wealthy merchant of this city, who 
died in 1846. He married Miss Sarah P. Ogden, niece of Governor Aaron Ogden, of 
New Jersey, and aunt of Governor Daniel Haines, of the same State, and had issue who 
intermarried with the Delafields, Jays, Wagstaffs, and other prominent families. Mrs. 
Peter Du Bois married secondly. Dr. Theodorus van Wyck, of Dutchess Co., a prominent 
patriot during the Revolution, uncle of General Theodorus Bailey, United States Senator 
from New York, 1803-4, and of Elizabeth Bailey, who married Chancellor Kent. Dr. 
and Mrs. van Wyck had a daughter, Mrs. Peter A. Mesier, of this city. The Misses van 
Voorhees, previously mentioned, were granddaughters of Colonel Henry Filkin, an Eng- 
lish gentleman, who came to New York City in 1680, and afterward removed to Brook- 
lyn, and Flatbush, L. I., where he became one of the leading men. He was a member 
of the Colonial Assembly, Lieutenant-colonel of militia, etc., and a large landed pro- 
prietor in Dutchess County, and died in 1713. His son, Francis Filkin, a wealthy merchant 
and alderman of this city, died in 1781, and was father of Helen Filkin, who married the 
Hon. John Vanderbilt (of an old Dutch family at Flatbush), a wealthy merchant of this 
city and a patriot during the Revolution ; Delegate to the New York Provincial Conven- 
tion 1775) ^"^^ ^^ ^^ first, second, and third Provincial Congresses 1775-6; also a Mem- 
ber of Assembly and State Senator; who died in 1796. Their daughter, Mrs. Charles 
Clarkson, has descendants at Flatbush. The family of Filkin is of considerable antiquity 
in England, and held the estate of Fattenhall in Cheshire as far back as the fifteenth cen- 
tury. Dr. Henry van Beuren and Catherine van Voorhees were parents of Coertland 
van Beuren, born 1759, ^ wealthy resident of Brooklyn. He was an old time Democrat, 
one of the early sachems of the Tammany Society prior to iSco, a friend of President 
van Buren, and died in 1820. He had a son, Engelbert K. van Beuren, who died some 

5o Donations to the Library. [Jan., 1886. 

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1849, married John Hasbrook, a merchant of this city, who died in 1820, and is repre- 
sented by the children of her son, the late Coertland V. B. Hasbrook, and by those of 
her daughter, the late Mrs. John H. Haldane : Anne van Beuren, born 1789, died 1827, 
who married Brockholst Livingston, a lawyer of this city, died in 1832, grandson of Gov- 
ernor William Livingston, of New Jersey, and had no issue : and Elizabeth van Beuren, born 
1 79 1, died 1843, married Benjamin Ay mar, an eminent merchant of this city, who died 
in 1876, and was mother of Mrs. Colonel John D. van Buren, Augustus Aymar, Mrs. 
Joseph Gaillard, Jr., Mrs. Samuel S. Sands, and Edmund B. Aymar. Ursus. 


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Vol. XVII. NEW YORK, APRIL, 1886. No. 


(Witk tit'o Portraits.) 

By William H. Bog art. 

The men we name above made, in their day of action, such strong 
impression on their time, on its leading and controlling interests, and so 
identified their opinion of the past — their judgment of what was to be, their 
decision and rule of what was in their influence and control — that their 
names ceased in a large measure to be individual and personal, and rose to 
be that of an idea, of a situation in the affairs of men. 

Of that situation they were unquestionably masters. They met — as all 
men in the front rank ever had done, and as it always will be — the con- 
flicting action, the differing way, the adverse thought, of the other actors 
in the important field where they led. They were in a more difficult posi- 
tion than are those who rule communities in organized constitutional form, 
because the latter create the law. To that law all wise men frame their 
action. It is not always of patriotism, but it is of sagacity. Fortunately 
in States like our own, and in a period of civilization like that which guards 
us, if the law is unwise, or unjust, or oppressive, the laws themselves carry 
with them the right of earnest and permitted effort for their change. Such 
extraordinary power and wealth in men of one family, and with clear 
probability of continuance, deserves a memorial in these pages. 

We look back to see if we can learn from local annals or genealogies 
the causes which form later individuality ; and while all history teaches us 
that families really begin from those who place the name in front of their 
contemporaries, it is at least an interesting inquiry to see from among 
whom these leaders passed to the front. 

Cornelius Vanderbilt was of the old Netherlands (Holland) people, 
who began to come to America in 1609, and here they remain in increased 
strengtli ; and to-day, when New York and New Jersey call the roll of 
those who have understood and touched, and with master-hand brought 
forth, the force of mental and physical strength, it will be found that the 
names respond which would not have needed interpretation in the hearing 
of the Stadtholder, 

When Hendrick Hudson returned from his most successful voyage in 
the Half-Moon, having accomplished the discovery and exploration of 
the River of the Mountains, this impressive philosophical fact in history 

62 Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. [April, 

was evolved : He brought to ruler and to people no report of sudden 
pathway to wealth, unless by the fur traffic — no wonders of gold to be had 
for the asking ; the savages he had seen excited no envy of ornament. 
He had found a great, pure stream, on which the very vessel in which he 
had crossed the sea could sail, and plain and mountain on its sides ; but 
there was everywhere the necessity to win whatever the chase or the tillage 
might promise by exertion, by courage, against obstacle of nature or man. 
To that school and that education the Half-Moon's voyage was to lead the 
Netherlanders, who heard from captain and crew of the highlands and har- 
bors, the shores to be occupied, the place on the earth where the Spaniard 
could be escaped from, and they not hear the sound of war any more. 

Out of this philosophy of adventure the fathers of those of us who look 
back to the Seven Provinces as our ancestral home wrought what is to-day 
before and around us. Names have changed or been obliterated, yet 
many remain ; manners have softened ; the gentler aid of wide thought 
has modified the rule of work ; but through the generations, the Hollander 
who found that he must keep by the strong hand that to which his strong 
sense had brought him, is represented by whatever guild, or " street," or 
association, or corporation, or individual place, our matured judgment has 
created out of our civilization. The wondering Dutchman (as we now call 
him), from Guelderland or Utrecht, who came in the seventeenth century, 
is here in the capitalist-laborer of the nineteenth. 

History, written after the passage of long years, is but the painted 
scenery and the actors in studied attitudes. In the truth, the men at that 
day acted as we do — the leader sought to preserve his power, and the men 
he brought around him, to gain the most for the least exertion. 

Pauw and Melyns, and whoever else made acquisition in earlier years 
of the country around the great harbor and river Hudson had found, led 
the way of our own life of to-day. When the India Company offered a 
" patroon's" authority to any one who could settle on his land fifty colo- 
nists over fifteen years of age, it was the forerunner of the pleasant prom- 
ises made to-day by the great corporate owners of the land-grants over and 
through which there comes the building up of States. 

The land immediately around the harbor which the Half-Moon had 
entered in 1609 was the easier road to reach for the enterprise of those 
who came where Hudson had led the way ; and as nature keeps her great 
landmarks, even now we can see in degree, as they saw, the availability of 
the islands. The people desired to be as near "home" as possible — it 
was their market — and as long as the old associations remained, it was to 
the infrequent ship that their thought, as well as their interest, centred. 
Did ever two centuries and a half make more remarkable transformation of 
the wilderness to the rose, the savage to the scholar, the boat-load of ad- 
venturous sailors to the fifty millions of a powerful people ? This was the 
chapter of which Hudson's voyage was the illuminated letter. From (van) 
der Bilt, or Bylt, the hill, came, about 1650, Jan (John) Aertsen Van der 
Bilt, the common ancestor of the family.* It is small wonder that in Hol- 

* Jan Aoertsen Vandcr Bildt, married Dierber Cornelius. He married three times. The second wife is 
assumed to have been the ancestress, as the name Cornehus is repeated in the family. 

2. Jacob Janse (son of John), married, August 13, 1687, Maritje (Mary) Vander Vliet (of the stream). 

3. Jacob, junior, born 1692 ; bought farm on Staten Island, lyiS, whence he had removed from Flatbush, 
J,. I. It will be seen how long a time the Vanderbilts have been associated with the island. He connected 
hunself with the Moravian Church ; married Neeltje (Cornelia) Denyse. 

4. Jacob, born 1723 ; married Mary Hoogland. 

5. Cornelius ; married Phoebe Hand, February 3, 1787. 

6. The Cornelius Vanderbilt of this sketch was their son. — [Editors.] 

1 886. J Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. g-^ 

land, if a rise of ground out of the wet prairie land is found, it should find 
territorial recognition. 

When he arrived, Director Stuyvesant was in power, and his was an 
affirmative and decided supervision of affairs; but just about these years 
he was conducting a negotiation with the English authorities, and with 
quite a full suite he proceeded to Hartford. Indeed, between the Con- 
necticut and Massachusetts people, the Indians, the cares of the colony, 
the perplexities of a new people, and the uneasiness that doth encircle even 
a colonial crown, Stuyvesant had either the happiness or the troubles that 
come out of incessant occupation ; while up the beautiful bay, in the shel- 
ter of the nature-guarded harbor, with perhaps doubtful heart as to what' 
might be his success in establishing a home for himself on these shores, 
these islands, the adventurous Hollander from de Bildt came. A few years 
beyond the two centuries pass, and the descendant of Madame Bayard, 
Stuyvesant's sister, occupies, next to the Presidency, perhaps the most im- 
portant place in the nation ; the descendants of that Vanderbilt, although 
private citizens, influence the values, have their part in determining the 
prosperity, of those who in a land of active people so strongly affect its 

Whoever has visited the city of Utrecht in Holland, and has been able 
to tear himself away from listening to that delightful carillon which in the 
lofty tower is sending forth its music in generous memory of all the greater 
and lesser divisions of time, can readily find a pleasant episode of journey 
by taking the old-time coach from the White Woman Inn, and it is but a 
brief drive — all travelling in Holland is brief — and we pass through the 
quiet village of Bildt. No New Yorker makes, in these days, such ex- 
plorations but that he is likely to exclaim — de Bildt ! Van de Bildt ! The 
land home-name reveals itself at once, and explains the nomenclature of a 
large and influential class of his fellow-citizens. The recent development 
of antiquarian taste and conservation of genealogy in our own city, in the 
newly formed Holland Society, proves how largely the " Van " is herald of 
Netherland ancestry. What noble place of result, wrought out by power 
of man's thought and action, it has won among us, reaching even to the 
Presidency ! 

From de Bildt it is but a few miles to Zeyst, where there is a Moravian 
church associated with Zinzendorf We name it here because it will be 
appropriate hereafter to refer to affluent generosity bestowed, by the de- 
scendants of the man who left de Bildt for his far, fai-oft", wild, and advent- 
urous home, on the church of Zinzendorf, which had found fast abidino-- 
place in the beautiful island in which the benefactors passed portions of 
their li^'e ; so the threads of our actions are braided long before they come 
to us, and are with us in the positive issues of life. 

Cornelius Vanderbilt was born on the beautiful island to which his fore- 
fathers came, and a brief distance from Stapleton Landing, iMay 27, 1794 
— a long, long time in the past, in view of the strong impression and con- 
stant presence of his influence over men in our own immediate time. The 
attention of a young boy having his home in the country, and not with the 
surroundings that would be likely to turn his thought to anything else than 
the actual facts of life, would not understand the value of the men and 
events which those years presented. To us they are of the intensely inter- 
esting time of trial to the republic, whether, even under the guidance of 
Washington and Adams and Jefferson, it was the best form of government 

64 Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. [April, 

to man. To the young boy of the Staten Island farm all this was of an 
outside world. He had his brief measure of schooling, as the phrase is, 
but it was the education which he could use practically ; and, as we see its 
results, was what we might express as a small collection of tools in the 
hands of a very skilful workman. Looking back at his boyhood, we see 
he was in the education of circumstances which to some men are intelligi- 
ble volumes. His mother encouraged him to labor, and he followed the 
good counsel ; and all this is but the recital of the incidents of the lives of 
very many successful men. Our existence is not cast metal, but ham- 
mered iron, and the best blow given is often by the unexpected incident of 
the hour. Agassiz said the data of geology were the discoveries of the 
morning. Mr. Vanderbilt's preparation for his phenomenal success in life 
was the sight of the water and the sails before his island home. He be- 
lieved that the book for his study was there, and he soon made it gilt- 
edged. He desired to possess a vessel of his own, even if it were a small 
one. That which he obtained was designated as a periauger, the Spanish 
pirague, and so the word was spelled by Washington and Jefferson, as the 
craft was known to them ; Charlevoix knew it as pirogue — a canoe formed 
out of the trunk of a tree, or two canoes united ; in modern usage, a nar- 
row ferry-boat, two-masted, and with a leeboard.* He found in the traffic 
and passage between the island and New York — with its then beautiful 
breathing-space, the Battery — profitable employment. The incidents of 
the war of 18 12-15 which met his boyhood days were made occasion of 
adventure and profit by him, and the daring sailor taught those who sailed 
with him that he had both skill and courage. New York was an exposed 
city. Many years before this, Lord Nel,son had been told, when off our 
coast on duty, that it was a good station for prize money. The truths of 
the past may be vividly true to-day. The war brought him business, and 
he increased his adventures, being interested in larger craft and longer 
voyages ; for now he saw beyond the island and its environs, and the life 
of the far-seeing man, in more than restricted meaning, began. When the 
year 181 7 closed he was proprietor of an interest in sailing-vessels, and a 
capitalist to the extent of nine thousand dollars. We may doubt if even 
his keen sight saw its multiplied millions. 

When only a little beyond nineteen years of age he married Miss Sophia 
Johnson, of his immediate kindred — a union which continued beyond the 
golden commemoration ; and which, while it partook of the heat and bur- 
den of the earlier day, lived to share the prosperity and opulence of later 
days. The family that gathered under his roof-tree Avas additional reason 
for his energy, and he provided for all. The details of private life belong 
to that " castle," as Chatham called it, which is sheltered by the curtain and 
the wall from all but those who have the kindlier keys that belong to love 
and friendship. 

Mr. Vanderbilt soon became interested in the steam navigation around 
New York, and made another departure in business, in degree such as 
afterward he did when he left the wave for the rail. This time he dropped 

* "At the age of sixteen," says the Merchants' Magazine of January, 1865, " he made the necessary effort 
to obtain business, and succeeded wonderfully. At that time the fortifications of Staten and Long Islands 
were being built by Government, and the carrying of laborers to and from New York furnished work for 
him and his periauger which was quite remunerative. Amid, however, these first successes, one fact troub- 
led him. The money that bought his boat came from his mother, and this being so, he could not feel that 
perfect independence his spirit craved. Day by day, therefore, from his first earnings, he scrupulously laid 
by every penny that could be saved, for the purpose of returning this sum, and but a little while elapsed be- 
fore he quietly placed in his mother's lap the hundred dollars. Probably a happier, prouder child never 
lived than Cornelius Vanderbilt at that moment, and he had certainly won the right to be so." — [Editors.] 

i886.] Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. 65 

the sail and went to the steam-chest, and, paraphrasing what was said by one 
eminent writer of another, he touched nothing but that in it he succeeded. 
He became something more than of the rank and file of steamboat men, 
and sought larger space for his energies, and found it on Long Island 
Sound and the Hudson River ; and now was recognized as a leader, whose 
appearance i)\ the rivalry seemed prelude to taking the lead. ■. 

In Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt' s boyhood days, the navigation by steam, 
the coming of an almost illimitable power, was introduced to the notice 
of mankind by the successful voyage of the Clermont ; or, as an adver- 
tisement of 1807 before us designates the vessel, '' the steamboat." It 
was an era of one of the great revolutions of human affairs. Henceforth, 
the difficulties which tide and wind had placed as impediments to the rapid 
neighborhood of man to man were to be lessened. We have lived to see 
them almost disappear. Robert Fulton and Chancellor Livingston had 
won the victory of science, and their own State of New York decreed that 
a skill so great should find its reward in the exclusive use of the new power. 
They met the fate of the benefactors of mankind. Whether just those 
words were then in use, which are now the current coin of the demagogue, 
the staple of editorials, the very blare of legislative halls, perhaps not so 
loudly proclaimed before the dignity of judicial tribunals — the monopolist, 
the special privilege, and the other variations on the same chord — whether 
this color blazed in that litigation or not, we do not know. It is, we be- 
lieve, an authentic incident, that the distinguished counsellor, Thomas Addis 
Emmet, when arguing for the patentees in the old Court of Errors, and 
replying to the doctrine that there was a coasting question in the case, 
said, so far as the Hudson River navigation was concerned, it was more 
properly a banking question. Before the decision of the United States 
Judiciary the authority of New York to grant exclusive jurisdiction was set 
aside, and the liberty of paddle-wheels established. We may well ask why 
the State of New York did not remunerate its children for the inestimable 
benefits 1S07 had brought to its waters? 

The gold particles that glittered in the California mill-race formed the 
Pharos to which a great revolution of man's activity turned for guidance. 
For a time it was a veritable Age of Gold, and never magnetic needle 
turned more truly than did the fortune-seeking traveller's; but the gold- 
fields were a far-off cry from the Atlantic coast. They belonged to another 
ocean, an^i diC long way around must be taken. The Indian had his old 
ideas of direct opi-osition in uncomfortable ways as to the mountain 
route, an-i it seemed too formidable, and, besides, too slow — somebody else 
might gaiiicr the dust before we could reach it " overland." Mr. Vander- 
bilt personally visited the Nicaragua transit, and formed his judgment in its 
favor, notwithstanding the existence of the Panama. He followed his own 
counsel, made practical and most profitable use of the new line, in whose 
establishment liis great determination was of such strong effect ; but after 
a time he sold thi.t venture, and, with a new impulse in his life, determined 
to take som«; rest. It was wise he should rest. There was a great work for 
the future, on which he had not yet entered. This was in 1853. The 
boy-owner of the periauger had gone through the hard work and sharp 
thoug: t of the making of his fortune. It was made ; he was wealthy — and 
it on'y establisli'is his great reputation for good sense that he determined 
to tarvC hifi vaciuion in the manner of a man who could take it superbly. 

In th'i North Star, an ocean steamship, in full convenience and 

66 Cornelius and William H. Vanderhilt. \k^x\\, 

equipment, this man, a private citizen, who had in even succession of his 
career of enterprise demonstrated his abiHty, made such a voyage to 
the Old World as would have been in the past associated with the progress 
of princes. Gathering his family and a few friends, he went from one 
country to another, the people and the authorities, if, indeed, the latter 
could dissever the idea of such state from some national purpose, wonder- 
ing and admiring. Are these the possibilities of a republic ? Already 
it seemed to have passed the age of simplicity, and to be a rival in luxury 
as in power to the kingdoms of the Old World. In England such pros- 
perity could be appreciated as the very sensible idea of the enjoyment by 
a prominent citizen of his wealth. It was to Mr. Vanderbilt the luxurious 
side of the sea-life which in courage and hard work he had in his small 
ferry-craft pursued so long between the islands in the harbor of New York. 
It gave him the broad ocean view of the world, and it was a kind and wise 
gift to his children. He was founding a family, and to give them breadth 
of observation and that personal witness of man and his work from which 
comes education. The school-house was costly, but it was all his own, and 
he called his own to its enjoyment.* 

We doubt whether Mr. Vanderbilt did not sometimes conjecture if there 
was not work for him to do at home. Perhaps the end of his voyage en 
prince was acceptable. He returned and became again a factor of moment 
in his great city. He found questions of ocean steamships before him, 
and this was a field large enough to employ his energies. The British 
Government needed, or thought they did, the Cunard ships for war service. 
Mr. Vanderbilt had earnest negotiations with the Collins Line and the 
United States about taking their mail carriage. It ended in the then 
President (Pierce) vetoing subsidies, and Mr. Vanderbilt found abun- 
dant occupation in the continuation of his California business — only, as 
he could not be on both oceans in personal superintendence, he felt the 
pressure of the Pacific coast arrangements as they were managed ; but 
he remained in the traffic until one of those great transactions in millions 
of purchase money, which are like a castle in the air to mankind in 
general, but which some men are capable of managing, relieved him from 
so much of steamship property. 

For his Havre Line — for this enterprising citizen kept the sea lively 
— he had built the Vanderbilt, and a stately vessel it was; 5,000 tons 
register, and it cost $500,000 in gold. It made fast voyages, and 
was the finest vessel he had launched. Our country came, by events 
which history is placing in order so that its great record may be in phil- 
osophic truth, to all the fury of civil war, the full terror of which the 
graves and the calamities of the long years have enabled us to understand. 
The South had accomplished a fraction of a naval force, but, for the time, 
it seemed a formidable one. Indeed, one of its vessels did revolutionize 
naval warfare. Mr. Vanderbilt told the Government he could hunt down 
the Merrimac as a hound runs down the wolf. He placed his ship with 
the Government. Although he was then in the years of old age, he offered 
to take charge of the chase, and he did so. The Merrimac did not 
come out. The steamship Vanderbilt afterward made a long cruise 
after the Alabama. The service so strained the vessel that a'^ last the 

* For a pleasant account of Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt's voyage en seigneur, see "The Cruise of the 
Steam Yacht North Star: A Narrative of the Excursion of Mr. Vanderbilt's Party to England, Russia. 
Denmark, France, Spain, Italy. Malta, Turkey, Madeira, etc., by the Rev. John Dunion Choules, D.D." 
I vol. i2mo. Uoston, 1854. — [Editors.] 

,886.] Cornelius and IVilliam H. VanderUlt. 67 

e„gi„es we. taken ou.a„.l the .M. soH - *e™ercham service^ It 

caret"AHs extraordinary nran ^.e^ed -- a^roa e.-n>;;-. ^^ "^ 

came, and saw, and conquered. ^j^j'^^"'' .j^^y ^„i „ith the clear 
with the strong hand tlrat could acquire ^"^^^ could hold a„a ^^^^ ^^^^ 

eye that could see the light beyond *« "n">e*ate snaaov . 
Harlem, and the man who had won ^^^^ success a, ,,e , me and t 
proved, by his trenchant and^jo-g -anagemenj, drat^ ^^^^^^^_ _ 
govern the affairs of the parallel dcli^. . , , ^ ^j t^gr. Exit 

Lps doubted but one f-^ ^f f ^^ ^^^^^ 'Jhel^idson River Road came 
" the Commodore"— enter Y^^f'^^'^^^f-.t^' u^^a ^f it The Central 
into his grasp, and he took the same ;^^°"g^^^^°^^^ clnard, Hutton, and 
was in his way and thwarted him J" J^^/^' Astor ^u > ^^^^^^^ 

'^^An'd'of all the routes which ^res.^ ^^^l^^.^^^^: 
that land of ever-increasmg We and wealth the \\ est J^'^^eless valley of 
facile showed itself to the railway ^^^^^^ ^f J^f^^^^^, Z surveyor, and had 
the Hudson and the Mohawk? /^^^-^^ ^^f,!''^^^^^^^^ 
laid out the rout. T^-.^igl^nds stoc,d a de tojet the^-^^^^^^^^^ ^^ 

structed flow, and at Little J^ai s tne " ^^ -^ ^^ distance was 

to make easy passage, and so it ^f ^^ ^^^ ™;^^ wis practical good sense 
somewhat greater, the wisdon. of le oW l>r°v^rb was P ^^^^ .^^^^ ^^,^^^ 

-"The longest way around was ^^^^ "^f^^^^^Jf ^^^^ school of experience 

one head, ihe (^onsonuauun renorts of engineers, 
back on that mythical ^-^d, constructed n the repo 

-South-sides." and shorter and more direc which were ^^ ^^^^^,,,, 

tangible recognition and a bonded reatym who ^ Prospe y .^ ^^^.^ ^^^ 

lated financial benefit fortunate stockholder ^^oiced ^j^^^^^^^.^.es 

own immediate time, -."^t!^^'" J^^yS^^^^'^^'^d hl^^^^^^^ was real 

which could not be avoided, adopted, the ^«^^ tnat Wc 4 ^^^^^_ 

and actual, was in a^^ie -t of a gf e^at prop^^t^^^^^^^^^^^ an ^^^^^^^^ , 

d::^^^f ttclS ^ane/ at Albany a^S^ene<^^^to^.s^gr^ 
wealth of order and equipment ^o-day, is a b a « /^id^^t. We 

tion in tt Library . f Congress."-[ED.TORS.] 

68 Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. [April, 

him in the board of directors, when we say he became master. Whatever 
its poUcy, whether as connected with individuals, or localities, or rival cor- 
porations, it was his judgment that controlled. Whatever may be the 
strength of personality with any man, in this land of active men, it cannot 
always find an easy progress. He found steeper grades to overcome, with 
the policy he pursued, than any locomotive encountered on its way over 
his favorite road. But in the main he succeeded ; the stockholders saw 
that their property was protected and augmented. He created new stock 
for them, presenting as his reason for the act that additional values were 
by it represented. Anticipating the augmented outpouring of the results 
of the increased industry of the West, he achieved the duplication of his 
road. It presented by these four tracks a laborer strong enough and 
ready, and with all the appliances to cover man and material, come in 
what force it might. That it was a fulness of facility is a truth somewhat 
painfully recognized in the experience of 1885, The Central was a 
synonyme of prosperity, and the quotation of its value was a source of 
daily satisfaction to the owners of the property, and every man in the reach 
of its movement was a sharer in its benefits. 

His was not the character that takes the steep side of the " Hill Diffi- 
culty." He interpreted the opposition to a project of his will — by his 
reading of the law of that will — and perhaps had the excitement as a stim- 
ulus, which does make a portion of the strength by which conquest comes. 
He chose the diameter line of action. It was but the third of the distance. 
If he understood that it had three times the hindrances to success, the 
determination was in him. Of course, this rule in action is not always 
met peaceably or graciously, and is not always wisest, but in the great pur- 
poses of his life he moved onward. We can illustrate our meaning by 
quoting the expression which is attributed to Earl Grey, at the time of the 
hesitation of the House of Lords to pass the Reform Bill: "Through this 
House, or over this House, this measure will pass." 

Any man who knew the position which is occupied by the city of New 
York to the State and to the nation, and to all civilized activities of men, 
could not but see that in the extent and strength of its railways was its 
greatness. Its commerce had come to full power. The nation was strong 
enough to protect its flag, and everywhere that flag went. What it needed 
was a burden to float over, and it came to the wharves of New York for 
that. The canal in its day was as the stage-coach had been in its time. 
The new machinery of movement was to achieve results out of the possi- 
bilities of the old ; it was to do on the earth the work over time and dis- 
tance which had been done on the sea over wind and tide. 

So soon as the mind of Fulton and Stephenson had formulated into 
practical result the progressive power of the steam-engine and the locomo- 
tive, and out of the English collieries tram-road the railway was evolved, 
it was of the near results of our American character that this country 
would have a steamboat wherever there was a depth for the keels, and the 
rails wherever by the countless fibres of human movement this people 
themselves went, or sought to send, the results of their labor or commerce. 

Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt had the sense to see that the land had 
greater work • for his strong direction than the sea ; that the life of man, 
with all that it creates, was everywhere on the one, and only at long inter- 
vals and between great spaces in the broad operations of the other. He 
had been very SLiccessful, very superior, and had realized enormous results 

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in one direction. In minor experience its ways had been with him from 
young years. There was all the power of habit, of the intimate and Tamil- 
iar knowledge of the uses of one pursuit. It is an experiment to break 
oflf the familiar occupation. To tread the old steps with the movement of 
mastery, the years had well taught him. He was, such was the familiar 
word which had grown to be his appellation, " the Commodore." Could he 
be the president, the superintendent, the sea, and the bay, and the river, 
presented no troublesome questions of right of way. On the land they 
were but the advance-guard of ten thousand perplexities, presented through 
the torture, as its various modes and methods are known to the sleepless 
vigilance of the legal profession. It is no holiday play to manage a great 
railway. It has a formidable list of fixed charges ; they come, if passen- 
gers and traffic do not, and in this day it is guidance in the face of severe 
opposing or rivalling forces. All ways lead to Rome. All roads seek New 
York, History is a copyist, and the man who can bring his trust safely 
through the ordeal of labor and competition, to the satisfaction of his 
stockholders, has proved his position among his fellow-men. No man can 
look closely at this, and write concerning it, but that he queries whether 
with the luxury of power does not come the shadow of care. Perhaps Mr. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt was less affected by such cares than most men. To 
gain a result was the dismissal or the lightening of the anxieties that ac- 
companied it. 

He accomplished, if any such ambition ever crossed his practical mind, 
a foremost place among men. Perhaps in his character there was the 
distinction between satisfaction at success and desire for prominence. 
The realities less than the philosophies of life were with him. When we 
are in a restless, active, and aggressive crowd, and are occupied of neces- 
sity in self-protection, we are not chiefly em])loyed in discovering the 
excellence of our fellow-creatures. If he desired a name among the chief 
people of his time, he won it. In this great city of the New World, men 
read the pathway to success as they learned it from his movement, and he 
was, in all its million of such self-asserting men as Americans are, a leader. 
After this, his life-work was progressive, as one after the other of more dis- 
tant railways, but which were in business alliance, were added to the 
" Vanderbilts." We do not know that these increased his cares. He had 
learned his art of land movement, and he became, may we not say, the 
recognized leader. Certainly this man proved his administrative power 
by land and sea. The valleys were with him. Other great roads had, in- 
deed, the courage to take their path across the mountains, but the trial of 
strength over the grades told on the resources. He had the entrance way 
within the city. The upper river, after a struggle of the most severe nat- 
ure, was successfully bridged, and from amidst the warehouses and dwell- 
ings of the city, the streets, not the ferries, led to the Grand Central 
Depot, He had builded well, and the reward of his sagacity poured in 
upon him. He was wealthy beyond his dreams — beyond his resolve, for 
his purposes did not frame themselves in dreams. He had proved that he 
was of sound judgment, and that quality places men in front. Years were 
closing around him, yet "by reason of strength" he was reaching the four- 

* "In the spring of 1872," says Eishop McTyeire, in a memorial sermon, "when our publishing house 
was being rebuilt, I was notified to draw on him for $i,ooo, and to 'say nothing about it.' That donation 
was acknowledged in the paper as from ' A Friend in New York.' This is, in part, what I know about his 
giving, and the manner of it. I never had to do with a more modest giver than he was, except in the 

70 Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. [April, 

Yielding to an influence to which it was kindly in him to listen, he gave 
a vast sum of money to the creation in the State of Tennessee of a uni- 
versity, with which his name has become identified. It was a gift so great 
as to bring in brief time its results, and his munificence had that duplica- 
tion of power of which the Latin proverb speaks as it tells of the strength 
of him who gives quickly. The history of powerful men is often a picture 
of strong contrasts of color. The unnoticed boatman, on the short ferry 
passage between Staten Island and the city, lives to win the ability to 
assist the mind of a State struggling out of the sufferings of a civil war 
to make for itself the peace, and prosperity, and order that come so con- 
genially to those who love letters. Men of great good sense, when they 
rise to rule, do not forget the contrasts. Even Napoleon, when, as their 
peer, he sat among the kings, rather surprised them by saying, " When I 
was a lieutenant of artillery." This sketch of the career of the elder 
Vanderbilt would but imperfectly meet its purposes, if it did not convey 
the record of a private citizen who, by his sound judgment and the courage 
to act upon it, and the ability to hold whatever vantage-ground he had 
gained, could attain in the third, if not second, city in the civilized world 
the power to make a rich gift to the Government itself, to strengthen 
learning, to master every factor in a vast business, and to create and main- 
tain a personal opulence which seemed the truth of a vision. As about 
all problems of railway government had been encountered, that is, suf- 
ficiently so to test and try the administration, and the great trusts and 
properties were moving on in prosperous order, Mr. Vanderbilt had the 
reward of his courage. His latter day was in the enjoyment of the labor 
of younger time. The wife who had shared labor and reward died, after 
many long years of wedded life. It is only in the rare exception in the 
vast universality of the rule that fifty years passes and finds the alliance 
unbroken. More than that number wove the many-colored tissue of life 
in this instance. She died in 1868. He was again married, in the fall of 
1869, to Frances Crawford, who survived him, dying only a short time since. 

We allude again to Mr. Vand-^rbilt's great gift to the university which 
now bears his name. It was well done, indeed, and in a power few could 
imitate, even if they could compass the gift in intention. His son after- 
ward affluently crowned the gift. So stands the blended munificence. It 
shall exalt the action of minds that, recognizing the aid it has bestowed, 
shall associate the name of Vanderbilt with the developed strength of their 
nobler faculty. Thus, having done, names are not "writ in water," as the 
desponding English poet mourned concerning his own ; they are made 
permanent. See how the small sum John Harvard gave is in the common 
fame erf learning to-day. It lives far beyond the life that sent it on its 

amount. . . . He abhorred liars and lying. I have heard him remark with warmth on the value of 
truthfulness in men working under you, or working with you ; it was, in his estimation, the one quality that 
never stood alone. ' If,' said he, ' you find a man that will tell the truth and stick to it, unless he's mighty 
heavy, you had better take him along.' . . . Mr. Vanderbilt never retired from business, though toward 
the close of life he drew his principal cares and studies in another direction. He was not on 'Change ; in 
his office he might be seen, just in the rear of his dwelling and fronting on another street. Breakfast over, 
and the morning paper glanced at, he passed through the back door into the courtyard of his stables, where 
his famous horses were looked at, and on to his office, and was back in time for a two o'clock dinner. Then 
came out-door exercise behind a brisk team. Business and exercise over, he had the evenings for his 
friends." — [Editors.] 

*The Commodore had no affection for ministers, and rarely admitted one to his presence. But when he 
became acquainted with Dr. Charles F. Deems, he rather liked him on account of his plain-spoken, prompt, 
business manner, and invited him to his house. One evening after dinner the conversation fell upon clerical 
beggars, and the two gentlemen agreed perfectly on that point. "I've never asked you for a penny," said 
the Doctor. "That is true," remarked the admiring millionnaire. " And I never shall," added the min- 

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By reason of strength this man came to fourscore, and beyond it — 
1 794-187 7. This was an era in which the vitally awakened energies of 
the age developed that great progress, at whose results, amidst, in, and 
around us, we enjoy, and he could speak as a witness and an actor. He 
added a conspicuous name to the list of the self-made men. Even /lis ener- 
gies at last yielded, and the surrender was after long months of illness. 
He died January 4, 1877. The record of his life was the illustration of his 

His death was an event at which the busy world around thought and 
commented on, as to its result to the living. Those associated with him 
paid due commemorative honor. His funeral was attended by leading 
citizens, such as Thurlow Weed, William M. Evarts, Peter Cooper, Charles 
O' Conor, Governor Morgan — men of wisdom and wealth, who came to the 
silence of him whose activity they knew in its power. Simply and quietly 
the last journey was taken, and in the Moravian Cemetery at the Nieuw 
Dorp — the new village — the interment was made. Thus Staten Island, 
which in all its beauty — and it is of the fairest lands the New World shows 
us — that Jan Aertsen Vanderbilt sailed past in 1650, to labor and fight 
for a home amidst forest and savage, receives the man who, two hundred 
and twenty-seven years afterward, had made his name of national utter- 
ance. The words of prayer were said in the shadow of the Moravian 
Church, the Christian brotherhood of the Church of Zeyst, near de Bildt, 
and the man of power and wealth ceased to be of earth. 

William Henry Vanderbilt was born on May 8, 182 1, at the city 
of New Brunswick, in New Jersey — the eldest son. That was a quiet 
period in the world's history. Europe was resting from the Napoleon 
wars, and had not commenced its movement toward popular govern- 
ment ; and our own land was in Monroe's time — " the era of good feeling.'' 
The forces that are pushing in our day were about to enter on their work 
of transformation of man's physical condition. They would be ready in 
their hour, and the men to wield them are coming to their control by 
growth of years. Railway and telegraph were, perhaps, building in some 
"visionary" mans thought. Mr. Vanderbilt's father, while destined in the 
future to aid the education of a commonwealth by an act of munificence, 
which, in 182 1, would have startled the nation, did not then judge of the 
value of a broadly trained intellect, as he afterward, by his gift, enabled 
others to do. The eldest son was, however, given the advantages — and, in 
comparison, they were valuable and powerful — of the tuition extended by 
the Columbia College Grammar School of New York ; and old Columbia 
is so abundant in its science, we must believe that it had no department of 
its resources but that from it men might train themselves mentally. He 
studied faithfully, and took his share in the average success of the school, 
which he left at the age of eighteen. Now, to this ordinary education — 
this early close of it — this leaving the preparation for life when so many 
are only then accomplishing the preface, however much we may regret 

ister. The Commodore looked svirprised and somewhat resentful. " If you have lived to your age," went 
on the doctor, who really desired a church very much, " without liaving the sense to see what I want, and 
the grace to give it to me, I shall never tell you; you will die without the sight." He went away, and 
within a fortnight the Commodore sent him a check for y?/0' thou^attd dollars, with which to purchase the 
structure in Mercer Street, New York, which became the Church of the Strangers. — [EniTORS.] 

* The Commodore was perhaps the handsomest man of fourscore years that could be seen in the city, or 
entire country. Tall— he was more than six feet — graceful, and erect, with a bright eye and beautiful com- 
plexion. Seen in advanced age he had the springy, buoyant step that characterizes youth, and he retained 
his strong intellect, clear and unclouded, to the last hour of his long life. — [Editors.] 

72 Cornelius and William H. Vandetbilt. [April, 

that it was not in greater measure — and such was Mr. Vanderbilt's own 
judgment — we must quote, and ask whether it does not apply to the career 
of this gentleman, the words which John Quincy Adams used in his eulogy 
upon Lafayette : " He always had the talent to do that which he was 
called to do ; " and many very erudite scholars may not quite have learned 

There is now, in our advanced day, enough said about education by wise 
men to create a library ; yet, through it all, there ought to be seen the 
truth of 7iatus est. Much of that which constitutes the " divinity that 
shapes our ends, rough hew them as we will," is of the mysterious inheri- 
tance that is not always bequeathed to us by our immediate parentage. 
Far ofif in the line of ancestry, in that man or that woman who had unusual 
courage, or energy, or genius, or skill, may be found the source of the 
qualities that in the later generation establishes its right to rule. In this 
case, his father possessed such strong characteristics, which his son could 
observe, and with the observation sagaciously see where they failed or suc- 
ceeded to do life's work in the best way, that, while the Grammar School 
of Columbia closed its doors on him at eighteen, there was an education 
of experience to whose lessons he was constantly admitted. We think it 
is Mr. Everett who says, in effect : " You talk about self-educated men. 
They procure the keys at school, and thenceforward the most accom- 
plished professors of the earth's ages give them lessons." 

He was soon placed in the banking-house, in Wall Street, New York, 
of Drew, Robinson & Co. Probably "the street" failed to recognize at 
the desk, or in the crowds of habitues, the man whose judgment and deci- 
sion was, in the later years, to flush or pale the cheek of the foremost of 
their managers — to be the cause of the deliberation of their most solid coun- 
sellors in direction — at the sensational tidings of whose rumored decease 
men gathered to ask if it were true ; and when the end, in truth, did come, to 
consult as to whether ebb or flood was to be the feature of the tide of values. 
He worked well. He learned the problems of which Wall Street is the 
philosopher — not always that of Midas, at whose touch all turned to gold. 
He was in a school where there is but little care for theories. The balance- 
sheet is the mainsail. 

In that incident of life, which with most men makes or mars more haj)- 
piness than all wealth creates, or all poverty destroys — his marriage— he 
made a most admirable choice. Those who remember Miss Louise Kis- 
sam, the daughter of the Rev. Samuel Kissam, the clergyman of the Re- 
formed Dutch Church in the environs of the city of Albany, before her 
marriage with Mr. W. H. Vanderbilt, understand distinctly what assurance 
of happiness her loveliness gave. With or without opulence, it was of the 
very riches of life. It was, of itself, the presage of success, and if, instead 
of writing this sketch of the career of a gentleman who became, as Dr. 
Johnson felicitously phrased it, " rich beyond the wildest dreams of ava- 
rice," we were portraying penury, we should say with strongest utterance, 
success. It is superb when it comes with wealth — but it would be *' a joy 
forever" in an}'^ man's life. Mr. Vanderbilt had rendered his clerkship so 
acceptable to the firm, that they proposed to make him a member of it, but 
considerations of health were paramount, and he turned his back on Wall 
Street and removed to Staten Island, and to whatever of enjoyment or 
profit a small farm might bring to him. The chronicles of a home life in the 
" rural district" need not interest the public. He had accepted their cares, 

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and the stronger existence which was preparing for him — for that he could 
wait, if indeed any definite thought about it ever had come to him. Mean- 
while his father was busy in his energetic grasp of life, and, it may be, in 
regret that his eldest son seemed so little likely to be his stronghold of re- 
liance, should any weakness of mortal change and chance occur. 

The two characters were yet to understand each other, and time was 
preparing for that. We know how fully it became accomplished. His 
young son, marrying so early in life, going out of the vortex of business to 
a small Staten Island farm, did not seem' likely to be the ultimate partner 
of the mastery the elder Vanderbilt- achieved. It is said, and we admit 
that " it is said " is an authority in biography which we take reluctantly, 
that a distinct and self-reliant answer given by the younger man to his 
father, concerning a mortgage on the farm, at which transaction the elder , 
tossed contempt, and the son defended as a " perfectly business-like trans- 
action," was the turning-point at which greater confidence and intimacy 
came to exist. We have heard that Mr, Thurlow Weed, who in his day 
was a dynasty in himself, the counsellor of statesmen, a keen judge of men, 
was early impressed with a belief in the capacity possessed by Mr. W. H. 
Vanderbilt, and made his opinion known to his father. It must have been 
one of the gratifications of Mr, Weed's life to have seen the extraordinary 
result of his prophecy of good in this instance. He now, by the force of 
circumstances, assumed the initiation of that management in which he was 
to be so distinguished. At his very doors he found a railway to try his 
skill. Of the embarrassed Staten Island road he was appointed receiver, 
and " it was in him " to make his management a success — Ce n'esl que le 
premier pas qui coiite. In the days when he could call the roll of his presi- 
dencies or masteries in other form, over long ranges of railways, with all 
their millions of earnings and accompanying cares, he may have tliought of 
his little Staten Island troubles in a roadway whose length the locomotive 
only needed a few breaths to compass. 

But this successful beginnning seemed to find a hinderance. He was 
called to foreign travel and other kindly attendance over his invalid brother 
George. The tender care could not avert the end. The brother died. 
Mr. Vanderbilt returned to New York, and the time had come. " Cornelius 
and William H." understood each other. It was in the midst of the civil 
war, in 1864, when William H. Vanderbilt was made vice-president of 
the Hudson River and Harlem Railroad Companies. Now from this time 
forward until his death in 1885, at first and for many years, with the subor- 
dinate responsibility of submission to the policy, in whatever form it might 
be presented, of his father, sometimes as in answer to the request of opinion 
as to what form the exigency presented itself to him, then of suggestive 
original as to the best course — but in one or the other of the ways and 
means in which the great enterprises should be conducted, he was a man- 
ager-in-chief of the business of railways, which is but another method of 
expression concerning one of the greatest and most useful of the activities 
of the highest civilization ; and confessedly he did his work well. It is said, 
and it seems to us a most impressive incident in history, that an intelligent 
Hindoo once said to an Englishman : '' I will tell you why your few thou- 
sands rule the millions of our people — you take up your father's experi- 
ences where he left them off. The East Indian goes the round of his 
father's life over again.'' The management of material and of men is of 
rules re-written every new day from the experience of the previous day. 

74 Corfielius and IVilliam H. Vanderbilt. [April, 

January 4, 1877, Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt died. To the colossal for- 
tune he had accumulated, we have alluded. Its disposition was, of course, 
to the public a matter of curious interest, and it was in the very nature of 
the act a transaction of the utmost importance. The testator indicated the 
confidence he had in his eldest son in the magnitude of the amount be- 
queathed to him. The litigation over the will had its glare, its fire — and, 
fortunately, its ashes — William H. Vanderbilt was now the wealthiest man 
on the American continent. Wealthy enough, indeed, and it is not neces- 
sary to search through the array of European or Asiatic private opulence 
to know if this man exceeded all others. He had a great trust in the form 
of his riches over the property of others. The modern gauntlet through 
which the owner of property must run is of a different order of feroc- 
ity from that of our former landholders, the Iroquois. There is more 
cunning, and learning, and calculation required, than in the hand that 
throws the tomahawk. The herbs of the wood do not so easily heal the 

It is not necessary in this article to follow out the details of his man- 
agement of his properties and trusts. They are familiar, for some word 
concerning them was in the pressure of the types of a heavy press by 
morning light and night shadow. If it be true that a kingly life must endure 
" the fierce light that beats upon a throne," it is in a degree true of all men 
who hold high trust. The press exercised over him its watchfulness and 
its imagination. It criticised, sentenced, invented, interviewed, and seemed 
to regard his positive acts and all his presumed ones as public property. 
Quite likely it often annoyed him ; but he may have grown callous to it. 
When public men find at every turn of their life a suspicion and an accusa- 
tion, they learn to disregard the noise of attack. A great railway em- 
ploys an army of working force. It is to be governed by the intelligence 
that recognizes good service, and can insist upon it, and must have a firm- 
ness that never pulls the rein in the wrong part of the journey, that can see 
the rights of others and its own also. These qualities make the leader in 
such places of rule. Mr. Vanderbilt knew what it was to meet modern 
exigencies in those trials of armed good sense which are characteristic of 
these days. 

He worked the long, long years. He had educated others to his work. 
He was entitled to the quiet, and he arranged to enjoy it, but at home or 
abroad, in ofiice or aside from it, wherever he, the living man, was, he was 
the master-spirit. He built for himself a superb residence. It was in one 
of the best-situated portions of the Fifth Avenue, where New York seems to 
place its fairest features. He had the wise days of architecture with him. 
The art in whose successes or failures the home-hours are passed had 
taken to its uses the widest liberties of form and fashioning. The old or the 
new archway, gallery, saloon, hall, light, and air — all colors, all ingenuity 
the architect might decree, could be adopted ; and if better material could 
be brought from the greater distance, the call would find response. Of 
course, such a house as such a man would require the architect shall form 
for hnn would rise obedient to his will. It is a dwelling where the art of 
living is pleasantly studied ; where painting and sculpture, and the carver 
and the decorator, have found abundant illustration. It is a house for rich 
hospitality, and for treasures in the guise that word takes when it means 
what it derives from mastery over form and color. We afterward in this 
article allude to the provision which he made that this building might re- 

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main associated with his family name. Mr. Vanderbilt led a life which was 
so_ much the property of the public, at least they claimed it was so, that 
it is pleasant to record what agreeable surroundings met his inner unchron- 
icled existence. 

Mr. Vanderbilt did not deny himself amusement, and it was of a nature 
that seemed to give him a real delight. We doubt if an advance of several 
points in the " Vanderbilts" gave him greater pleasure than that his fleet 
Maud S. should take one or two seconds from her record. The equine 
possessions Avere after a princely cost. Any gentleman who lives calmly 
through winter and summer, with sixty, seventy, or a hundred thousand 
dollars palpitating under the throbbing of a delicately groomed animal, has 
an enviable self-possession ; but it is a pleasure to write the testimony of 
him, as of those who cared for the servant of his pleasure, for he preferred 
to decline several thousands of dollars he might have received, rather than 
take away Maud from gentle treatment. 

But not by the quick foot alone did Mr. Vanderbilt like the stimulus of 
speed. When he travelled over his own road he proved that he believed, 
as did his father, in the skill of his engineers, and in the stability of the 
structure, and roadway, and rail ; for that bird would have had quick wing 
indeed who could keep up with the president's special. He often crossed 
the ocean, and, indeed, with the famous North Star world tour, and his 
travel with his invalid brother, he saw much of the lands that differed from 
his own. Unfortunately for him there was such a machinery of pursuit as 
the telegraph, and when "the street" could not see beyond its own me- 
nagerie, the feverish telegrams invaded the quietest place to which he 

His was a welcome shadow when it for the moment darkened the door 
of the artist, foreign or domestic. Fortunately for New York, and for him- 
self, he had the will to bring to his home-land some of the creations of 
beauty which the distinguished artists of the Old World produced, and with 
this generous will there was such power as art did not resist. He gathered 
at his beautiful residence a collection which has associated his name with 
that education derived from results of a high degree of art.* 

When the opportunity presented itself to our people to have placed in 
the new and yesterday-born city one of Egypt's ancient (in the full meaning 
of that word) monuments, it was evident that its possession would be a 
treasure to us. We know an American traveller who, when explaining to 
some of his English friends our hard-working and costly curiosity to see 
their ivy-clad towers and picturesque ruins, said, " We have nothing 
old in our country except the sun and moon;" and his hyperbole had 
withm It a truth. What can a New Yorker find on the island of the seven- 
teenth century ? Here was the Khedive's proffer to send us souvenir of 
date so remote that we had no history to welcome it ; but how shall the 
Khedive's generous gift come to us? It was a pillar beyond our post. 
Even our express companies did not volunteer, fearless as they are. Mr. 
Vanderbilt, with a munificence of which a sovereign might have been 
proud, assumed and met the charge, and the obelisk lifts up its old head 

l>,lf*''^tV, '^,'?';"''=*" mentioning to Mr. Gladstone, at Cannes, in March, 18S3, that the gallery of xMr. Vander- 
more than n miuf.n f ^ n' ^''^^ """""^ 'M^ '■'"'^^''' existing collections of n.odern art, and that it had cost 
more than a million of dollars -one month's income -he answered : '• If your neighbor's income is twelve 
millions per annum, he is much richer than any man in Her Majesty's dominions.'" Apropos of this Mr 
V=,n;! imPi"' 0P"'ent London b.anker, recently said to the writer: "Dining on one occasion with Mr' 

^rcanno' savThat'l do ^/° ''°V "°' *^"'^ '° ""^fhrfU-^ ^ "'^y S^"' ^'^'<^"^ ? ' " ^eH, no,' he answered 
I cannot say that 1 do. It suits mcvery ivetl. " — [Editors.] 

76 Cornelius and William H. Vanderhilt. [April, 

to keep before the ages that New York had a private citizen who could 
thus welcome it to its new home.* 

While yet in the youth of the latter years of man he yielded to the De- 
stroyer, of whom it is said : 

" with equal hand, impartial Fate, 
Knocks at the palace as the cottage gate." 

Everywhere the tidings that this universally known citizen had suddenly 
died in his library, Tuesday afternoon, December 8, 1885, went as the wind 
goes, and men calculated consequences, and looked at the indices of pub- 
lic thought to see what form or direction the shadow would take. Small 
heed was all this to those within that dwelling. Affection was the inner 
interpreter of the hour. 

When the disposition by will of his estate was read, it was found that 
there were remembered in its gifts the efforts of those who seek abroad 
and at home to communicate the highest education, that of the soul — the 
work of those who, in the city, endeavor to place it before the younger 
and the forming period of life — and other good and wise purpose ; and we 
welcome that desire expressed in his will that he wished the home he had 
built to be always associated with the family name. We have traced that 
name from its outcoming at the Netherlands village, and it is but history to 
say that he bequeathed its continued maintenance in foremost place to 
strong succession, and which promises to the pages of this periodical, at a 
date, we trust, very far distant, the record of a fulfilled trust and a gen- 
erous heart. 

His funeral was an example. All the pageantry of the journey to the 
grave found expression only in the quiet unobtrusive procedure of a pri- 
vate citizen's obsequies. St. Bartholomew's Church opened its doors to 
the religious ceremonial, which was that which is said when either rich or 
poor are borne there. But the thronged attendance of a crowd of those 
memorable in various phases of power among men was exceptional. Mill- 
ions had their representatives, and were warned to remember that there 
was a natural body and a spiritual body — the earthy, the heavenly. The 
long road through the city was avoided, the nearest route to the Hudson 
taken, and the quiet passage made to the beautiful island where, in the 
family cemetery, near the Church of the United Brethren, the words were 
spoken which told that dust to dust and earth to earth was for all. We 
have elsewhere spoken of his bequests and their high usefulness. The 
family, in united action, perfected the disposition of his vast estate, which 
it had pleased him to make by will.f 

* The obelisk was safely and skilfully brought from Egyptian shores, and set up in the Central Park, by 
the highly gifted and gallant Lieutenant-Commander Henry H. Gorringe, of the United States Navy, who 
died during the past summer, greatly lamented, at the age of forty-five. — [Editors.] 

tThe disposition made of such an enormous fortune was very generally discussed by both the American 
and British press. The New York Tribune thus wrote editorially on the topic : " I\Ir. Vanderbilt's will 
will attract widespread interest as the most important in a financial sense ever offered for probate. It is 
drawn with the most painstaking care, and contains indisputable evidence of the testator's deliberate purpose 
of providing equitably for all his heirs, and avoiding grounds for dissatisfaction and litigation. Each of the 
eight children has a bequest of $10,000,000 — $5,000,000 outright, and the remainder held in trust by the four 
sons. The oldest son has an additional bequest of $2,000,000, and his oldest son one of §7,ooo,oco. The 
widow has an annuity of $200,000, in addition to the residence where the millionaire died, and all the paint- 
ings, statuary, and works of art. The remainder of the estate, after $1,000,000 has been reserved for public 
and charitable objects, and a large number of minor bequests have been made, is divided equally between 
the two oldest sons, Cornelius and William Kissam Vanderbilt. The practical management of this vast es- 
tate is thus left in tbe hands of the two heirs conspicuous for executive ability, conservative instincts, and 
stability of character. Mr. Depew, who is one of the two administrators, has stated that the chief heirs have 
agreed to keep the railroad securities together under the management of the two oldest sons. This will im- 
part unity to the control and direction of this immense property, and the irreproachable reputation which 
each of them bears is a guarantee that this trust will be e.vecuted in accordance with sound business princi- 
ples. Among the general bequests are generous gifts to Vanderbilt University, the Metropolitan Museum, 
the Young Men's Christian Association, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Societies of the Protestant 

1 886.] Coriielius and Williayn H. Va7ide7-bilt. yy 

That was a memorable meeting which, upon due call, convened at the 
Grand Central Depot at noon, on December loth, to take action upon his 
death. We give the roll of the railway companies represented ; it eluci- 
dates what we have before written of the magnitude of his trusts and cares : 
New York Central & Hudson River ; New York & Harlem ; Lake Shore 
& Michigan Southern; Michigan Central; Canada Southern; Chicago & 
North Western ; Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha ; New York, 
Chicago & St. l^ouis ; Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Indianapolis. 

A committee made enduring memorial. There are passages in this me- 
morial that we would gladly transfer to this page. It tells of his sagacity, 
his strong common-sense, his thorough knowledge of the business, his will- 
ingness to lend of his vast resources in time of peril, his invaluable counsel. 
He came into possession of the largest estate ever devised to a single indi- 
vidual, and administered the great trust with modesty, without arrogance, 
and with generosity. His domestic life was simple, notwithstanding his 
unlimited wealth, and a happier domestic circle could nowhere be found. 

We again allude to the connection between the villages of de Bildt and 
Zeyst — near neighbors in the old land. There is not probably anywhere 
a church of the United Brethren more richly endowed than is the one on 
Staten Island, made so by the well-devised gift in this will, and so liberally 
and gracefully placed in operation. Whoever so builds, builds wisely. In 
the various and powerful bequests here made, in what was placed in those 
channels of organized well-doing to our fellow-men, the good men do lives 
after them. We vary the quotation for its better application : Its influ- 
ences may flow on in a direct channel. Even in the brief space that has 
elapsed between the preparation of this biograpical sketch and the promul- 
gation of his will, one of his daughters, by a charity associated wilh that 
tenderness toward suffering humanity which is the gold thrice refined, has 
added a new exemplification of Christianity to the charities of New York. 
That was a superb gift which Mr. W. H. Vanderbilt made the College 
of Physicians and Surgeons. It was going to the fountain-head of useful- 
ness ; for the intelligent men who compose that fraternity are vivid in their 
desire, like the Athenians of old, "to hear and see some new thing" — but 
not in the gratification of curiosity, but to know from what, through what 
avenue, that relief to human suffering will come, which is coming, as the 
curtain of our civilization rises. This gift will, perhaps, enable the med- 
ical science of New York to see sooner what Jenner, and Morton, and 
Jackson saw, and whoever else has been the agent of the mercy of Heaven 
in shutting some gateway through which pain enters to mortal man. 

We have sketched the career of two remarkable men, neither holding 
any exercise of government authority ; working-men, in a labor that sends 
more wakeful hours to the night than does the tired hand. The republic 
has proven that, under its administration of the affairs of men, the private 
citizen can possess and bequeath, and the child take and augment, the 
opulent inheritance ; that the untitled private citizen can create and enjoy 
a wealth, at whose call all that even unreasonable human wish might de- 
mand would come ; and that all that the republic asks is, that the laws 
the citizen assists in making may be his own rule of order. 

Episcopal Church, St. Luke's Hospital, and many other institutions and societies. The bequests under 
this head aggregate $1,000,000. The great bulk of the fortune, however, remains for the use of Mr. Vander- 
bilt's children and grandchildren. There will be some regret felt by the public that the superb collection of 
art treasures has been retained exclusively for the enjoyment of the family. The paintings and sculpture are 
bcqeathed to the widow, and upon her death are to revert to the youngest son. Mr. Vanderbilt's purpose, 
as the will e.vplicitly declares, was that this magnificent residence and art treasures should be retained and 
maintained forever by a descendant bearing the family name." — [Editors.] 

78 Address of General Wilson. [April, 


President of the Society, delivered on Friday Evening, February 

12, 1886. 

( With Portrait:, 

Fellow-Members, Ladies and Gentlemen : It is my first duty and pleas- 
ure to thank the Society for the honor recently conferred by my election 
to the presidency, and to say that in accepting the position I do so with a 
full appreciation of its responsibilities, and with an earnest expectation of 
meeting those responsibilities. It is my sincere hope that when the time 
shall come for me to make way for a successor, I shall leave the Society in 
a better condition than I found it. This I trust will be done by the addi- 
tion, during the present year, of at least one hundred new members ; by 
the accession of at least an equal number of new subscribers to the Society's 
quarterly publication ; by a large increase of the fund for the erection of a 
fire-proof building, for which a highly competent committee has been 
named this evening, and by making a large addition to our already exceed- 
ingly valuable library. * It would seem to your speaker that we should not 
be so far behind our sister New England Society, which is now in the pos- 
session of a noble fire-proof, or nearly fire-proof, building, entirely paid for, 
and with a fund of $25,000 for its extension, when required. It w^ould 
certainly seem that this great city should enable our Society, like theirs, to 
possess a much larger library, and a valuable collection of portraits, includ- 
ing many from the hand of Copley and Gilbert Stuart. The Boston So- 
ciety is also much richer in biographical and genealogical manuscripts. 
Why is there such an absence of interest in family history in our city and 
State, when all New England is in a blaze of genealogical fervor, and 
when we remember the weighty words of Edmund Burke, who said : " Those 
who do not treasure up the memory of their ancestors do not deserve to 
be remembered by posterity ? " 

An unknown friend, during the past month, deposited in a financial in- 
stitution of this city the munificent sum of $100,000, to the credit of the 
New York Historical Society, subject to the condition that the further sum 
of $300,000 shall be secured before the end of 1887, for the purpose of 
erecting a fire-proof building. Would that some benevolent gentleman 
would do the same kind deed for the New York Genealogical and Bio- 
graphical Society, or even present us with one-half that sum. 

'• Far on in summers that we shall not see," 

some wealthy citizen will doubtless find it in his heart to perform this gra- 
cious act for our successors, but I would infinitely prefer that it should be 
done at once, in the living present, while we are here to see it. It vvould 
certainly constitute a noble memorial for any man or woman to erect such 
a structure which would bear his or her name for all time. 

It has been suggested to me, as appropriate to the occasion, that 1 
should say a few words as to the principal aims and objects of our associa- 
tion. The Society was organized and incorporated in 1869, and the found- 

i886.j Address of General Wilsofi. 79 

ers are still, with a single exception, living and among the active working 
members. Its chief objects may be briefly stated as follows : 

First. To collect and print in an enduring form tlie scattered records of 
the early Dutch, Huguenot, and English inhabitants of the Colony of New 
Netherland and the Province and State of New York, and to preserve the 
pedigrees of their families ; also, as far as practicable, those of other 
families. This the Society is successfully accomplishing, in part through 
the medium of a periodical known as The New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Record, devoted to the interests of American Genealogy 
and Biography, edited by competent members of the Society^ and now in 
the seventeenth year of its publication. The sixteen bound volumes con- 
tain many of the ancient records of the Dutch and other New York and 
Long Island churches, which are invaluable to those who are interested in 
their ancestors and their family history. As a single instance of the great 
value of the Society's quarterly, it may be mentioned that it was introduced 
as evidence in the English House of Lords during the past year in the 
important trial as to the legal successor of the late Earl of Lauderdale. 

Second. To add to its valuable library, which already contains many 
works that are rare and exceedingly difficult to obtain, American biography, 
family genealogies, town, county, and other local histories, and various 
volumes relating to the above and kindred subjects. 

With a view to increase the usefulness of the Society, and for the 
purpose of enabling it to add to its funds for the erection of a fire-proof 
building to contain its valuable archives and library, it is earnestly re- 
quested that all persons to whom the aims and objects of the Society com- 
mend themselves should become members of the same. For admission 
the candidate must be nominated by a member and be approved and voted 
in at a regular meeting. The initiation fee is $5, and an annual payment of 
a like sum. The payment of $50 constitutes a life member. Ladies are 
eligible, and the Society now has a number of such members, and would 
gladly welcome many more. 

My four predecessors in the office of president are all happily still with 
us, and are still active members of the Society. Three of the number are 
here this evening. First to honorably fill the chair, during the years 1869, 
1870-71-72, was Dr. Henry R. Stiles, a well-known writer and the histo- 
rian of Brooklyn, as Mrs. Martha J. Lamb, one of our members, is of New 
York, and who is at present one of our vice-presidents and a member of 
the Publication Committee. Mr. Edward F. DeLancey, a gentleman who 
bears an honored old New York name, whose activities extend to the 
literary and social life of our city, and who is prominent in many New York 
organizations, was the Society's second most efficient president, occupying 
the position for four years. In 1877 he was succeeded by a veteran soldier 
and civil engineer. General George S. Greene, a graduate of West Point, 
who served with gallantry in the War of the Rebellion. His term of office 
was also four years, when he was succeeded in 1881 by Mr. Henry T. 
Drowne, a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and a gentleman greatly 
interested in genealogical and historical investigations. Mr. Drowne en- 
joyed the distinction of filling the office of president for a period of five 
years, which brings us down to the present year 1886, when your speaker 
was elected his successor. 

Most worthy of mention, also, are four members of the Publication 
Committee of the Society's periodical. The New York Genealogical 

8o Address of General Wilson. \_h.^xW, 

AND Biographical Record, and, as has been stated, now in its seven- 
teenth year. During that long period they have patiently and continuously 
toiled and delved with illegible manuscripts, fault-finding contributors, and 
printers' proofs. Neither summer heat nor winter cold have ever for a day 
dampened their ardor or their enthusiasm. With fulness of knowledge on 
this point, obtained by some experience, I can safely assert that, much as 
we owe to our excellent quartette of presidents, the Society is still more 
indebted to Dr. Samuel S. Purple, Mr. Charles B. Moore, Dr. Henry R. 
Stiles, and Mr. John J. Latting, for sixteen years of faithful editorial work 
on The Record. Similar services could scarcely have been purchased at 
less than that number of thousand dollars. Many persons do good work 
for their fellow-men in this world without experiencing the pleasure of hear- 
ing it praised, and not infrequently pass away from the scene of their labor 
without knowing that it is properly appreciated. I, for one, certainly be- 
lieve in the justice and propriety of proclaiming such facts, and fully sym- 
pathize with the sentiment of the poet Halleck, when he said : 

" No ! if a garland for my brow 
Is growing, let me have it now, 

While I'm alive to wear it. 
And, if, in whispering my name 
There's music in the voice of fame, 

Like Garcia's, let me hear it ! " 

Was there ever, by the way, a more exquisite compliment paid to a 
sweet singer than Fitz-Greene Halleck here rendered to his friend, Felicia 
Garcia ? 

Since our last annual meeting, in January, 1885, we have to mourn the 
loss of five members of our Society, who have passed over to the great 
majority. First among these stands the illustrious soldier — my honored 
friend and chief — who now sleeps on the banks of that stream whose waters 
flow past our great city into the broad sea ; the active, ever-genial, and 
sunny senior editor of the New York Observer, among whose latest utter- 
ances — to which your speaker had the pleasure and privilege of listening — 
was a warm-hearted tribute to the memory of William A. Whitehead, long 
the efficient head of the New Jersey Historical Society ; Franklin B. 
Hough, the industrious author of some two-score useful volumes of a 
biographical and historical character ; the gallant Admiral Preble, who 
added several genealogical and other carefully written works to the 
literature of our land, and the venerable John Langdon Sibley, who de- 
voted nearly half a century to the library of Harvard University, and to 
the biographies of her many thousand graduates, leaving a handsome 
fortune for the erection of a building to be known as Sibley Hall — a free 
gift to the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

It is a singular circumstance that nowhere on the American Continent 
is there a respectable statue of its illustrious discoverer — a man than whom 
none are worthier of such an honor. This is not creditable to the country, 
nor to our great city, where it is manifestly proper the statue of Columbus 
should be seen. The approaching four hundredth anniversary of the mo- 
mentous event would seem to be an appropriate time to unveil such a me- 
morial of " the world-seeking Genoese," and I would earnestly call the 
attention of our Society to the subject, with the hope that it may see fit to 
take the matter in hand, and urge it with energy upon the citizens of New 
York and upon the country generally. It is a work in which all should 

iS86.] Address of General Wilson. 8 1 

feel alike interested. On my return from a recent visit to Spain, I called 
the attention of several personal friends to the subject, vi'ho each responded 
with a subscription of $ioo, and I also secured a site in the Central Park 
near the noble ligures of Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott. Twelve 
thousand dollars will purchase a replica of the finest statue of Columbus 
which has ever been made. It was set up in the Plaza de Colon of Mad- 
rid in 1884, and meets the hearty approval of the Royal Historical Society 
of Spain, and of Columbus' .lescendant, the Duke of Veragua, who will 
doubtless be present with a Spanish tieet to see it unveiled in October, 
1892, You have a photograph before you of this spirited statue by Sunal, 
and also a portrait of the Duke, the lineal representative of Columbus, 
who is not unlike him in appearance. To your speaker said the late King, 
who also expected to be present, " Columbus should form an enduring 
bond between Spain and the United States." 

" The foolish and the dead alone," says Lowell, " never change their 
opinions." The days are happily past and gone when genealogical inves- 
tigations are made the subject of mirth and ridicule, as in Sydney Smith's 
era, who on being asked about his grandfather replied, " He disappeared 
about the time of the Assizes, and we made no inquiries," and who on 
another occasion said, " The Smiths never had any coat-of-arms ; they al- 
ways seal their letters with their thumbs " — when Lord Chesterfield placed 
among his progenitors the portraits of Adam de Stanhope and Evede Stan- 
hope, or when, about the same period, a picture was painted for a proud 
English peer, representing his ancestor leaving the ark with a tin box 
under his arm, on which was inscribed "The Somerset Genealogy." No ! 
genealogy, which is defined as " an enumeration of ancestors and their 
children in the natural order of succession," is no longer a subject of con- 
tempt, but is now recognized as a reputable and, indeed, a highly laudable 
pursuit and subject of inquiry.* It is closely related to biography, and 
biography to history. It has been forcibly said that "History is the essence 
of innumerable biographies." The finest passages of Macaulay's and Mot- 
ley's admirable histories are the brilliant passages of biography. Strip 
their works of these, confining them to a narrative of events, and they 
would prove but dull books. Emerson asserted that there was properly 
no history, only biography. In conclusion, to borrow the words of Presi- 
dent Wilder : " Let me impress on you the duty of prosecuting our re- 
searches in history and genealogy, and more especially in biography, with 
which they are so intimately associated. It is a sacred duty to preserve 
and hand down to future generations, not only the lineage and history of 
our families, but to record the names and virtues of those men and women 
who have been benefactors to our race. . . . There can be no more 
noble employment than that of treasuring up and perpetuating a record of 
the lives, principles, and virtues of those who have been benefactors and 
blessings to mankind. ... Of these we have striking examples of 
patriotism, discoveries in science, and startling enterprise, which have set 

* The late Professor William C. Fowler, son-in law of Noah Webster, in his "Memorials of the Chaun- 
ceys," has well said, " The genealogy of a family should not consist merely of names in the line of descent. 
In addition to these it should present biographical sketches of those in llie line who ought to be held in 
everlasting remembrance, and thus at once gratify a natural feeling of the heart and conduce to its moral 
improvement. There is a beautiful illustration of my view on this point in one of the genealogical tables in 
the First Book of Chronicles — ' And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren. And Jabez called on the 
God of Israel, saying, oh, that thou wouldst bless me, indeed, and enlarge my border ; and that thy hand 
might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me ! And God granted 
him that which he reiiuested.' Because he was more honorable than the others, he is distinguished by this 
biographical sketch, while only the bare names of the others are given." 

82 The Rutgers Family of New York. [April, 

elements in motion that are fast revolutionizing the character and business 
of mankind. Cf such were Washington and his associates, who achieved 
the liberty which still lives and marches on in triumph and glory through 
the earth. Of such was Lincoln, who, heaven-inspired, engraved on the 
pillars of our constitution eternal freedom for the slave. Of such was 
Grant, who conquered the rebellion and brought again peace and union to 
our States. ... Of such was Franklin, whose miraculous hand drew 
from the clouds the spark which now electrifies the globe. Of such was 
Morse, who taught the mystic wires to speak with tongues of fire all the 
languages of the earth. Of such was Fulton, who woke the spirit of the 
waters, and gave a new impetus to the commerce of the world. And 
last, not least, of such were those messengers of mercy who brought a 
sovereign balm to blot from the memory conscious suffering in the human 
frame. These and others of immortal fame have trod the paths of human 
glory, and stand out like golden stars in the constellation of American 
genius to light the road to honor, virtue, and renown." 


By Ernest H. Crosby. 

( With Portrait of Colonel Rutgers.) 

Among the colonists who, on October ist, 1636, embarked at Texel, on 
the yacht Rensselaerswyck, Jan Tiebkins, skipper, was Rutger Jacobsen 
Van Schoenderwoerdt. The vessel was bound for Fort Orange in the ser- 
vice of the first Patroon. Rutger, as his last name indicates, came from 
Schoenderwoerdt, a pretty Dutch village, two miles north of Leerdam and 
four miles from Vianen, where Van Rensselaer had a country seat.* Fort 
Orange at this time gave little promise of the future city of Albany. Its 
site had been a trading-post as early as 16 14. The fort had been built 
seven or eight years later. In 1646, however, it had only ten thatched 
cottages, and, indeed, there were not over three thousand Europeans in 
all New Netherland. In this primitive settlement Rutger became a man 
of considerable repute and wealth. In June, 1646, he married Tryntje 
(Catharine) Jansse Van Breesteede, in New Amsterdam. After three 
years of married life he went into partnership with Goosen Gerritse 
Van Schaick and rented the Patroon' s brewery for 450 guilders a 
year, and one guilder additional for every tun of beer brewed. In the 
first year this amounted to 330 guilders, and in the second they 
used fifteen hundred schepels of malt. In 1654 Rutger bought Jan Jans 
Van Noorstrant's brew-house, which stood on what is now Beaver Street in 
Albany, nearly opposite the present Middle Dutch Church. But he was not 
only a brewer. We find him also engaged in shipping beaver-skins. f He 
owned a sloop on the river, which he sometimes commanded himself, but 
at other times he employed Abraham de Truwe as master. He frequently 
bought and sold building lots in the village and farming land in the neigh- 

* vide wood-cut of Schoenderwoerdt in Riker's History of Harlem, io8. 
+ Munsell's Collections on the History of Albany, iii., 207, 208. 

i886.] The Rutgers Fatnily of New York. Z:i^ 

borhood. In 1661 he owned a share in Mohicander's Island. While 
Rutger was thus becoming a rich man, he was held in honor by his fellow- 
townsmen. He was a magistrate in 1655, and probably held the office 
until his death. He took part in the proceedings of a peace commission, 
which was appointed to treat with the Indians. He is known as " the 
Honorable Rutger Jacobsen " in the records, where his signature fre- 
quently recurs. When the new church was built, in 1656, he was selected 
to lay the corner-stone, which he did on June 2d in that year. This church 
replaced the old one built in 1643, which, being only thirty-four feet long 
and nineteen feet wide, and containing only nine benches, had become in- 
adequate.* The new church occupied the middle of the road at the corner 
of Yonker and Handelaars— now State and Market— Streets. Rutger's coat- 
of-arms is said to be in existence, but it is not very clear where he obtamed 
it. He died in 1665. His administrators were Ryckert Van Rensselaer 
and Jan Van Bael. At the sale of his personal effects they brought 983 
guilders 10 stivers. His silver and jewellery alone were sold for 512 guild- 
ers 14 stivers.f His wife and three children survived him. The widow is 
said to have died in 1 711, after marrying Hendrick Janse Roseboom in 
1695. One of Rutger's daughters, Margaret, married Jan Jansen Bleecker 
in 1667, and became the ancestor of the Bleecker family. Her husband 
was Mayor of Albany in 1700. Engeltje, another daughter of Rutger, 
appears to have become the wife of Melgert Abrahamse Van Deusen. 
Rutger's only son was Harman Rutgers.J 

The first mention of this son to be found in the records describes hnn 
as a private in the Burgher Corps of New Amsterdam, in i653.§ He mar- 
ried Catarina, daughter of Anthony de Hooges, Secretary of the "Colonic" 
of Rensselaerswyck, after whom the mountain "Anthony's Nose" in the 
Hudson Highlands was named. || Harman was a brewer, as his father was 
before him. He inherited the Van Noorstrant brew-house. In March, 
1675, he bought a brewery on the eastern half of the present Exchange 
Block in Albany, and sold it two months later. 1 The Dutch Church, of 
which he and his wife were members,** called upon him to supply the beer 
for funerals.f t As the mourners could not speak English, the beer fortu- 
nately did not furnish them on these occasions with an ill timed pun. In 
1678, the Collector of Excise charged Harman with selling beer to the In- 
dians unlawfully, but the complaint was dismissed, and he continued to 
prosper. He bought two houses and lots in Albany in 1683.JJ About the 
year 1693 the Indians had become so troublesome in the neighborhood of 
Albany, destroying Harman's barley crops, and making military service 
against them necessary, that he was forced to remove to New York, takmg 
with him his two sons, Anthony and Harman (2d). On May 2, 1693, he 

* Pearson's Contributions for the Genealogies of the First Settlers of Albany County, from 1630 to 1800, 
II. tMunsell's Collections, lii., 83-85. 

± At about this time the Dutch settlers adopted permanent family names. Some of them took a patro- 
nymic, as in the case of Harman Rutgers, which is equivalent to Rutserson, and others derived their sur- 
names from their native towns in Holland. Thus, the descendants of Rutger Jacobsen s brother, Teums, 
who came to New Netherland in 1640, kept the name Van Schoenderwoerdt, which has been shortened to 
Van Woert (see preface, Pearson's Albany First Settlers). For reference to Rutger Jacobsen and his fam- 
ily, eee Munsell's Albany Collections, index ; O'Callaghan's History of New Netherland, 1., 430, 437 : "■> 
587. 591 ; Pearson's Albany First Settlers, 93, 94 ; Piker's History of Harlem, loi, 107, los. note 

§ O'Callaghan's History, ii.. 569. It is evident that Harman was not tlie son of Iryntje Van Breesteede, 
whom Rutger married in 1646. He may have been the son of a former wife, a though Rutger is not 
described as a widower in the marriage record ot the Dutch Church, as was usually done in such cases. 
Professor Pearson is authority for the statement that Harman was the son of Rutger Jacobsen (Albany tirst 
Settlers, 93, 94). i| Benson's Memoir on Names, 51. „„ ■ „ 

n Munsell's Coll., iii., iii, 112, 114. ** Munsell, i., 97- ++ Munsell's Coll., 1., 28, 50. 

X% Liber 3 of Deeds, p. 17, Albany County Clerk's Office. 

84 The Rutgers Family of New York. [April, 

bought the dwelUng-house and brewery of Isaac de Forest (who had sailed 
from Texel with Rutger Jacobsen and died in 1672) from his heirs. They 
were on the north side of Stone Street, near Whitehall Street, in New 
York.* The well used for the brewery is said to be still visible. 

On New Year's Day, 1694, Elsie, the daughter of Harman (ist), was 
married to David Davidse Schuyler, at one time Mayor of Albany. After 
his death she married the Rev. Peter Vas, of Kingston, Ulster County, 
whom she probably met at Albany, where he was an occasional "supply."f 

Harman's (ist) elder son, ^Anthony, married Hendrickje Vandewater, 
of New York, on December 30, 1694, and went to housekeeping in the 
Dock Ward, east of Broad Street. He was a brewer, and for some years 
appears to have been a baker as well. In 1699 he was admitted as a^ free- 
man in New York. 

The younger, Harman (2d), remained with his father, became a brewer, 
and was admitted as a freeman in 1696. 

In a census of New York, taken about the year 1703, the family of 
Harman Rutgers (ist) is represented as consisting of two males between 
sixteen and sixty years of age, one female, one female child, and two male 
negroes. The first three were evidently the elder Harman (ist), his wife, 
and his son Harman (2d). Anthony's household in the Dock Ward was 
composed of himself, his wife, two sons, and one negro woman. Harman 
Rutgers (ist) died in 1711, " being very ancient and weak in body," as he 
describes himself in his will. J He left his entire estate to his widow Cath- 
arine for life, and directed it to be divided after her death among his three 
children by his " well-beloved friends," Nicholas Roosevelt, Johannes Korf- 
byd, and Jacobus Goelet. 

We will follow first the fortunes of Anthony Rutgers, the son of 
Harman Rutgers (ist), and grandson of Rutger Jacobsen. Anthony 
was probably named after his maternal grandfather, Anthony de Hooges, 
the famous Secretary. In 1705 he buys a dwelling-house and lot on Smith 
(now William) Street and a lot beyond the land gate on the New Street. 
In 1 710 he had become a resident of the North Ward, above Wall Street, 
and in that year and the two years succeeding he was an assistant alder- 
man from that ward. He represented it as Alderman from 1727 to 1734. 
He was also a member of the Colonial Assembly from 1726 to 1737. In 
1 71 7 he bought land on Maiden Lane and he had a brew-house and resi- 
dence on the north side of that street between William and Nassau Streets. 
He also purchased a tract of farm land lying northwest of the present junc- 
tion of Broadway and Chambers Street, and extending to the North River. 
In 1723 he bought ten acres here, and in 1725 thirty-six more. 

In this neighborhood there was at this time a large swamp which 
caused a great deal of malaria. It was included in a piece of seventy 
acres of public land which the local government could only lease for life. 
Anthony presented a petition in 1730 to the authorities in England, asking 
that the swamp might be granted to him so that he could drain it, which no 
mere life-tenant would undertake to do. Governor Cosby was directed to 
make such a grant by an order of the King in Council, made at Hampton 
Court, on August 12, 1731. An order was made accordingly in the 
Council of New York, on December 16, i733.§ Anthony, known as 

* Riker's Harlem, 571, 572. + Munsell's Annals of Albany, i., 91. 

X Dated March 6. 1710, proved April 25, 1711, Liber 8 of Wills, p. 32, N. Y. Surrogate's Office. 
§ London Ducnments, xxiv., 147 ; Land Papers, x., 171 ; N. V. Council Minutes, xvi., 277 ; Valentine's 
Manual of the Common Council for 1854, 529. 


i886.] The Rutgers Family of New York. 85 

Captain Rutgers, was still living near William Street in i73i.''' At about 
this time he buik himself a house on his new farm. He was a member 
of the grand jury wi?ich in 1741 investigated the Negro plot. f His first 
wife having died he h^-'d married the widow Cornelia Benson, daughter 
of Johannes Roos, AugUb' 25. 1716, Anthony died in 1746, and she 
survived him until i 760. He left behind him one son, Peter, a grandson, 
Anthony (3d), son of a deceased son, Anthony (2d), and five daughters, 
among whom his property was divided. | One daughter, Elsie, had married 
Leonard Lispenard in 1741, and he bought the other shares in the North 
River estate in 1748. It became known in consequence as " the Lis- 
penard farm," and the streets which afterward traversed it took the family 
names of Leonard, Lispenard, and Anthony (now Worth Street), The 
old New York Hospital building afterward occupied a part of this estate. § 
Lispenard was a prominent citizen. He was a member of the Provincial 
Congress of New York, || and also 0/ the Stamp Act Congress. Another 
daughter of the first Anthony was Mary, who, in December, 1749, became 
the wife of the Rev. Henry Barclay, rector of Trinity Church.^ His name 
is perpetuated in Barclay Street. His bride vvas a lady " of great merit and 
valuable accomplishments." -^^ The Postboy\\ contains a poem on the wed- 
ding addressed to "Inspiring Phoebus." Mrs. Barclay died in 1788, and 
the New York Journal^Xl in recording the fact, says that she was "justly 
esteemed for her exalted piety, and as she was remarkably charitable, the 
poor have lost a valuable friend." Her daughter Cornelia married Colonel 
Stephen de Lancey, and another daughter, Anna Dorothea, was the wife 
of Colonel Beverly Robinson. Her son. Colonel Thomas Barclay, married 
Susan de Lancey, and had a large family. Three of his daughters married 
respectively William B. Parsons, Schuyler Livingston, and Peter G. 

The oldest child of Anthony Rutgers (ist) who lived to maturity was 
his son Peter. He was born in 1701, became a brewer in Maiden Lane, 
and married Helena Hoogland. He was an assistant alderman from the 
East Ward from 1730 to 1734, and was spoken of as an "eminent mer- 
chant." He was Captain of the First Independent Company of Cadets. 
He died in August, 1745. "He was a gentleman much esteemed for his 
generosity and fatherly affection to his company, and his funeral was 
attended by almost all the principal inhabitants of this place, being uni- 
versally lamented." §§ His eldest son, Anthony, was a lawyer, and married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Williams, Naval Officer of the Port of New 
York. This Anthony died in 1754, and his widow, two years after, married 
Colonel Frederick Philipse, last proprietor of the manor of Philipsburgh. 
She was described in the Nezv York Mercury\\ as " a very agreeable lady, 
and possessed of every virtue and accomplishment that can adorn her sex 
and make the marriage state truly happy." Peter's daughter, Helena, 
married John Morin Scott. He was a graduate of Yale College and a dis- 
tinguished lawyer and politician. He served as brigadier-general in the 
Revolution. In 1777 he became Secretary of State of New York, and he 
was a member of the Continental Congress in 1782 and 1783. His son, 

* N. y. Gazette, No. 321. t Mrs. Lamb's History of New York, i., 582. 

X See his will, Lib. 16, p. 12, N. Y. Surrogate's OtTice. 

§ Mrs. Lamb's New York, vol. i., 723, note; ii., 307. || lb., ii., 31, note. 

1 Jb., i., 632. For an account of the Barclay family vide Holgate's American Genealogy, p. 132. 

** Postboy, December 18, 1749. +t December 25, 1749. %% June 12, 1788. 

§§ Postboy, August 26, 1745. Ill September 13, 1756. 

86 The Rutgers Family of New York. \ April, 

Lewis Allaire Scott, was also Secretary of State of New York.* Helena 
Rutgers, the widow of Peter, died in December, 1773, "at her house in 
the Fly." f 

Anthony Rutgers (2d), the younger brother of Peter, and son of 
Anthony (ist), married Margarita Klopper on January 10, 1741, and died 
before his father. He left an only son, Anthony A. Rutgers, whom we 
shall call Anthony (3d). His grandfather, Anthony (ist), left him his brew- 
house and residence in Maiden Lane. He also received a share of the 
farm on the North River. On June 6, 1762, he married Gertruyda, 
daughter of Nicholas Gouverneur, of Newark, N. J., " a young lady of 
great beauty and merit," \ which qualities seem to have been the common 
property of all young ladies of that day. Anthony (3d) owned the Rane- 
lagh Gardens at the head of Broadway, where Duane Street now crosses it. 
They were leased to one Jones, who gave entertainments in them. A band 
of music played there on Mondays and Thursdays. In 1775, Anthony Rut- 
gers is named as Captain of the Second Company of Artillery, one of the 
"new companies raising." He subsequently removed to Newark and died 
there in 1784, leaving four sons and two daughters. His son Anthony A. 
(Anthony, 4th) was a merchant and at one time lived at Curaq;oa. He was 
one of the original shareholders of the Tontine Coffee House. On April 
17, 1790, he married Cornelia, daughter of Hugh Gaines, the editor, pub- 
lisher, and printer. " The schooner which lay in the East River was 
decorated in honor of the occasion with a very numerous variety of the 
colors of all nations and exhibited a most beautiful appearance." § Har- 
man G. Rutgers, also a son of Anthony (3d), married Sarah, another 
daughter of Hugh Gaines. 

Nicholas Gouverneur Rutgers was also a son of Anthony (3d). He 
started in busines swith his grandfather's house, Gouverneur & Kemble, 
and was afterward at the head of the firm of Rutgers, Seaman & Ogden, 
at 79 Pearl Street, who were the agents in New York of Anthony (4th). 
Nicholas G. Rutgers was also for many years president of the Mutual 
Insurance Company. He married Cornelia, daughter of John Livingston, 
and granddaughter of Robert Livingston, third owner of the manor. After 
her death Nicholas married his third cousin, Eliza Hoffman. He died in 
1857, at the age of eighty-six, leaving behind him two sons and several 
daughters, all children of his first wife. 

We will now return to Harman (2d), the brother of Anthony (ist), son 
of Harman (ist), and grandson of Rutger Jacobsen. We left him living 
with his father in Stone Street, and engaged in business with him as a 
brewer. In his family Bible he makes the following entry as of December 
25, 1706: "I, Harman Rutgers, was married to Catharina Meyer by 
Dominie De Booys. May the Lord grant us a long and happy life to- 
gether. Amen." He bought land on Maiden Lane at about this time 
and added to it afterward. When his father, Harman (ist), had died in 
171 1, Harman (2d) removed to a house on the north side of Maiden Lane, 
at the corner of the present Gold Street, and estabUshed a brewery there. 
He thus mentions the fact in his Bible: "1711, December 4th. We re- 
moved from mother's house to our own place in the Vly, and have made 
the first beer there the 24th of December. May the Lord bless us in the 

* Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 49, note i, 8g, note, 285, 308. 

+ Maiden Lane. Rivington's New York Gazette, December 30, 1773. 

X New York Mercury, June 14, 176*. § New York Journal, April 22, 1790. 

^^^^•J The Rutgers Family of New York. 3^ 

r;°!lf °"' ^'"^'•", ^^^^ ^''^^'^ ^^^^^^^" Maiden Lane and John Street 

man ?T.77 >'77 ^nown as Rutgers Hill. Catharine, the widow of Har: 

Tn ri 1' ^'"^ ^' *^'^. ''r.^'" '" ^'^"^ Street until her death. It was sold 

n 1729.* Harman (2d) lived a prosperous and quiet life. He was 

the family. He was one of the struck jury in the famous Zenger trial in 

C.oL^^r^"'}^^"^\^'^^ '"^ ^'^ newspaper upon the course of Governor 
Cosby s supporters in the Council in the controversy with Rip Van rSm 
President of the Council. He was indicted for sedifious hbe . ?^ie jury 
acquitted him and sustained the freedom of the press. Gouverneur MorHs 

^dfh^ '"' m" '"'^ "'^ "-'^^ S^"^^ of American freedom ''mrrn 
(2d) la d up sufficient money in time to purchase a farm of over a hund ed 
acres, lying east of the site of Chatham Square, and comprisfn' all of he 

W:?^' nrJ' Yo"' ^r f ^^-^g--'y Str;et and a ila^t of the Fou h 
Ward. It had a long waterfront on the East River. This land sunolied 
his breweries with barley. He bought the greater portion of this estate 
froin the widow and children of Hendrick Cornelisson Vai Sc'aicf n 
1728. He acquired the rest n i'::?2 and 1727 Th^ Vo,. c 1 , r 
was the originil Bowery No. 6, gr^'ntedt Co'r'neliJ .clbson StThe' etlv 
m the Dutch regime. In 1728 the farm-house stood on the Bowe^v road 
a about what is now the southeast corner of East Broadway and o'er 
Street. The barn vvas near the present southeast corner of Catharine and 

(2d), took up his residence and had a brew-house during his father'. Til 
In X 731 the New York Assembly met in '< the house of Mr r1^^^^^^^ 
the Bowery road," on account of the small-pox which was preva ent fn 
town.§ Captain Rutgers' wharf is mentioned as one of four places f^^ 

28 n"; "His'Rihl''-^\? 'f "'^^ oiYi.r.... (3d), died on February 
2«, 1737. His Bible notes the fact as follows : "My dearly beloved wife 
Cathai-ine Rutgers rested in the Lord." A newspaper of Alarch i 17^ 
gives further details : Mrs. Rutgers -eat her breakfast as us la and abou; 
nine or ten o'clock was taken with a fit and dyed about four tn 'Se after 

si^drenr-'^Ti.' 7^'' ^^ ^'^ rA ^"^p^^- ^' ^-" ^^ 

lamily and triends The widower consoled himself by marrying Margaret 
tn ^f ' \ f ^"^^^^"gl^ter of Isaac de Forest, who forme ly owned the 
Stone Street brewery. Harman (2d) died in August, 1753. ^Zcaz^l 
of August 13, 1753, contains the following paragraph -^WdavT/ft 
departed this life in an advanced age M?. Hermanns' Rutier? aMrv 
eminent brewer of this city and a worthy, honest man." He had^'two Ions 

o?hi fi't t^fl^ Hi"'" M^' ^" ^n^' ^§^' -^"^ ^^-y --^ '^ Children 
ot his first ;Nife His son Harman 3d died before him. Of his daughters 

Elsie married John Marshall, Catharine married Abraham Van Hor^e and 
Eva married John Provoost. Eva's eldest son, Samuel Provoost, wa rector 
o Irmity Church, and afterward the first Protestant EpiscopTbishon 
of New ^ork. He was the first American bishop consecrated the rite 
being performed in his case by the Archbishop of Canterbury ' '" 

nPoSTr;; ^"^^ ^f^ -n' ^^"^'""S' store-house, malt-house, brew-house 
negro kitchen, malt-mill and mill-house on Maiden Lane and Rutgers 

* Liber 31 of Deeds p 3,5, N. Y. Register's Office. 
! t Jn"valenHn '?'\7 °^ ^^^,7°^^, i., 3S4 ; Mrs. Lamb's New York, f., 362 

member of the Legislature at 'that '?me '^ ^^"^ '''"" '^^ °^" '^°"^= °f ^"'h°"y (^^0. who was a 

88 The Rutgers Family of New York. [April, 

Street (on Rutgers Hill) to the widow of his son Harman (3d) for life.* 
She was Elizabeth Benson, daughter of Harman (2d)'s sister in-law, Mrs. 
Anthony Rutgers, by her first husband. After Elizabeth's death the estate 
was to go to her eldest son, Robert (ist). She appears to have carried on 
the brewery herself for some time, f but finally gave it up to Robert (ist) 
as her tenant. In her old age she became noted as the plaintiff" in the suit 
of Rutgers z;j. Waddington. She had fled from New York at the opening of 
the Revolution, and the defendant Waddington had occupied her house 
under British military authority. The Legislature of New York passed an 
act, giving a right of action for trespass to the former owner against the 
occupant in such cases. This suit was tried in 1784 and made a test case. 
Alexander Hamilton appeared as counsel for the defendant. His argu- 
ment was successful. The court disregarded the statute and decided in 
favor of Waddington. This decision affected many similar actions, and 
was regarded as a great Tory victory. A mass meeting was held to pro- 
test against it. J Elizabeth became a resident of Red Hook, Dutchess 
County, and died in 1795. She had three sons and three daughters. The 
eldest of these was Robert Rutgers (ist), who married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Dr. William Beekman. Robert's son Gerard married Margaret Sarah, 
daughter of Nicholas Bayard. Gerard and his brother Robert (2d) became 
residents of Belleville, N. J. Their sister Catharine married Stephen Van 
Cortlandt and also lived in New Jersey. 

The third Harman' s second son, Harman (4th), was a merchant and 
died unmarried. His third son was Captain ^Anthony Rutgers. In 1754 
he was captain of a "snow." He is mentioned once as sailing from Port 
Royal, In 1 758 and 1 759 he commanded the privateer snow " Boscawen," 
and sent several prizes into New York, In 1760 he had the letter of 
marque brig King George. In 1765 and 1766 he was Assistant Alderman 
from the North Ward. He owned a rope-walk in conjunction with Jacob Le 
Roy prior to 1 769, and afterward carried on the business alone at his store in 
Maiden Lane. He is said to have been one of the twenty-three original mem- 
bers of the New York City Masonic Society. They were all sea-captains, 
and their certificates were dated January 8, 1770. In 1775 Anthony was 
a member of the New York Provincial Congress. He died in 18 14. § An- 
thony's partner, Jacob Le Roy, married successively his two sisters Cor- 
nelia and Catharine Rutgers, and was the ancestor of a large family, among 
whom may be mentioned his granddaughter Caroline, daughter of Her- 
man Le Roy, who was the second wife of Daniel Webster. A younger 
sister of the wives of Jacob Le Roy was named Mary, and married An- 
thony Hoffman. Their daughter Eliza Hoffman became the second wife 
of her kinsman Nicholas G. Rutgers and had no issue. She survived him 
and lived in New Brunswick, N. J. 

Harman (2d), having left the greater part of his Maiden Lane prop- 
erty to the family of his deceased son Harman (3d), provided for his 
younger son Hendrick, by leaving him in his will his farm near the Fresh 
Water, in the Out Ward, which he had bought from the Van Schaicks and 
others, " where he my said son now lives. "|| This devise included a brew- 

* Lib. 18 of Wills, p. 347, N. Y. Surrogate's Office. 

tN. Y. Historical Society Collections, 1881, xiv., p. 12. 

X McMasters' History of the People of the United States, i. 125, 219, 220 ; New York Packet, Novem- 
ber 4, 1784. See Dawson's pamphlet entitled. The case of Elizabeth Rutgers v. Joshua Waddington, de- 
termined in the Mayor's Court in the City of New York, August 7, 1784. 

§ The number of Anthonys and Harmans in the Rutgers family makes it difficult to be accurate in de- 
termining which one is referred to in any particular instance by contemporary records. 

1 See his will, Lib. 18, p. 347, N. Y. Surrogate's Office, 

iS86.] The Rutgers Family of New York. g^ 

house which stood on that part of the farm now bounded by Henry, Madi- 
son, Jefferson, and CHnton Streets. Hendrick was born on February 20, 
1 712. When he was thirteen years old he was apprenticed to his cousin by 
marriage, Thomas Thong, merchant, for seven years. Thong undertook 
" to cause said apprentice to be taught the Art or Mistory of a Merchant."* 
On January 9, 1732, Hendrick married Catharine de Peyster, daughter of 
Johannes de Peyster, at one time Mayor of New York.f In his family 
Bible he states that the ceremony was performed by " my uncle, the Rev. 
Peter Vas, preacher at Kingston in Esopus." \ Hendrick was the 
fourth of his family, son after Jather, who married a Catharme. In 1738 
he was an ensign in Captain Van Home's company of militia, and was pro- 
moted to the second lieutenantcy in Captain Van Wyck's. Soon after his 
father's death in 1753, Hendrick built a residence for himself, with bricks 
brought from Holland, on the East River farm near the brew-house. The 
site of this house is now covered by the block bounded by Monroe, 
Cherry, Jefferson, and Clinton Streets. This was then close to the river. 
We know that the house was completed by November, 1755, because the 
Lisbon earthquake on the fifth of that month shook down the iron window- 
bars which were leaning against its walls in the day-time. § Just west of 
the brew-house was a fish-pond which emptied into the river between the 
present Rutgers and Jefferson Streets. A garden east of the house re- 
mained unchanged for over a century, and another garden and various 
outbuildings occupied the land between the house and the brewery. 

The city in time grew toward Hendrick's farm, and he had a portion 
of it laid out in streets and lots. He agreed with James de Lancey on a 
boundary line between their farms. It ran along Division and Little Di- 
vision (now Montgomery) Streets, from which circumstance those names 
are derived. Hendrick named Catharine Street after his wife. Madi- 
son Street was called Bancker Street and then Bedlow, after two of his 
sons-in-law. Henry Street bears the name of one of his sons. Harman 
Street has become East Broadway. The present Rutgers Street was so 
called on the map as early as 1775. Oak Street once bore that name, 
but it became so disreputable that the name was changed in deference 
to the family. George and Charlotte Streets have dropped their royal 
titles and are to-day plain Market and Pike Streets. || When the war 
broke out, Hendrick, with the other patriots, was obliged to leave the city, 
and took up his residence at Albany. Here he died in 1779. His death 
is noted in Rivington's Royal Gazette *{ as follows : " On the thirteenth in- 
stant died at Albany, in his sixty-ninth year, Hendrick Rutgers, Esq., a 
member of the Dutch Reformed Church and a gentleman of very large 
estate in this city." In his will he gives two hundred pounds a year to his 
widow. To his son, Henry, he leaves all his land between Rutgers and 
Clinton Streets, including his house, brew-house, and other buildings. His 
other property he divides among his children.** His household effects were 
appraised at ^^922 7s. ifd., and his silver plate alone at ^ii9.ff He had 
three sons named Harman, the first two of whom died in infancy. The 

* Liber zg of Deeds, p. 294, N. Y. Register's Office. 

t For an account of the de I^cyster faniily vide Valentine's Manual, 1S61, p. 556. 

{The original entries in this Hible and the one of Harman quoted above are in the Dutch language. 

§ }'ide picture of this house in 1765 in Valentine's Manual, 1S58, p. 606. 

I; See Post's Old .Streets of New ^ork. 1 August 7, 1779. 

** Lib. 33 of Wills, p. 201, New York Surrogate's Office. 

tt I have an old impression of a book-plate of liendrick Rutgers with his coat-ofarms, which I venture to 
describe : arms, a lion rampant surmounted of a fess, charged with a star; on a chief a demi-eagle displayed 
crest ; a demi-wild-man holding a baton over his head ; motto, tanter da dir, which I cannot translate. 

90 The Rutgers Family of Neiv York. [April, 

third was a merchant and never married. He was killed at the battle of 
Long Island, on August 27, 1776, while fighting against the British troops.* 
Hendrick's eldest daughter, Catharine, married William Bediow, grandson 
of Isaac Bediow of Bedlow's Island. He was a sea-captain, and afterward 
a merchant. In 1784 he was postmaster of New York City. He had a 
son, Henry, a daughter, Mary, who married John Beekman,f and another 
daughter, Catharine, wife of Dr. Ebenezer Crosby, who had come to New 
York from Braintree, Mass., and was at one time surgeon of General Wash- 
ington's Guard, and afterward professor of medicine at Columbia College. 
He wis the ancestor of the Crosby family of New York. Henry Bedlow's 
son, Henry, was at one time Mayor of Newport, R. I. Hendrick's second 
daughter, Anna, became Mrs. William Bancker. Her granddaughter, 
Elizabeth de Peyster, married Henry Remsen, who was private secretary 
to President Jefferson, and for many years President of the Manhattan 
Company. Hendrick's two younger daughters married respectively Gerard 
de Peyster and Dr. Stephen McRea. 

The only son of Hendrick who survived him was Hendrick, or Henry, 
Rutgers. He was born on October 7, 1745, and was graduated at Kings 
(now Columbia) College in the class of 1766. He entered the Continen- 
tal army at the outbreak of the Revolution. On May 8, 1775, "Captain 
Rutgers,J at the head of his company of grenadiers, met the Boston, Con- 
necticut, and New York delegates to Congress at the Ferry and proceeded 
with them to Newark." He was still a captain in 1776 and took part in 
the battle of White Plains. " He continued actively and usefully employed 
as an officer until the close of the war." § Meanwhile, during the occu- 
pation of New York by the British army, the Rutgers house was used as a 
hospital. The marks of confiscation on its doors were visible in 1830. 
The brewery was used first as the hospital kitchen and afterward as a re- 
pository of naval stores. || At the end of the war Henry had become the 
owner of the homestead. He kept bachelor's hall there until his death, 
nearly fifty years later. He was possessed of great wealth, and it seems 
that he never engaged in any business. He found his time sufficiently 
occupied in attending to his estate, which he fortunately refused to sell 
when he had the opportunity in 1783.^ He was an qfficer in the militia 
after the war. On October 24, 1788, we learn that the First Regiment, 
New York Militia, under Major Henry Rutgers, was reviewed by Brig- 
adier-General Malcom.** The parade ground was on his own land. On 
July 27, 1790, "President Washington and Governor Clinton, with the 
chiefs of the Creek Nation, reviewed the legion of General Malcom' s 
brigade and Colonel Bauman's regiment of artillery. The President 
signified his full approbation of their soldierly behavior to Colonel Rut- 
gers, who commanded them," f f It was perhaps in honor of this occa- 
sion that the Colonel ordered a portrait of Washington from Gilbert 
Stuart, which hung in the hall of the Rutgers house until 1865.IJ Colonel 
Rutgers " took a leading and zealous part in the politics of the coun- 

* Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 112. 
' t For an account of the Beekman family vide Holgate's American Genealogy, p. 66. 

X Probably Henry. 

§ A sermun occasioned by the death of Colonel Henry Rutgers, preached in the church in Market Street 
February 28, 1830, by William McMurray, O.Q. (Rutgers Press, New York, 1830). This sermon gives 
considerable information regarding Colonel Rutgers' life. 

I See order of Major-General Pattison, New York Historical Society Collections, viii., p. 233. 

*[ Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 439, note. ** New York Gazette, October 30, 1788. 

tt Contemporary Journal ; see Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 364. 
, XX E. Johnston's Original Portraits of Washington, 98, 104. 

1 886.] The Rutgers Fa7nily of New York. 91 

try." * He was a Member of Assembly in 1784. In 1800 he was again 
nominated by the Republicans. This campaign was especially exciting, 
as the Legislature was to choose Presidential electors, and the result 
depended on the vote of New York. A great effort was made in the 
city to defeat the Federalist party, as the vote of the State turned, as 
usual, upon the contest in the metropolis. Colonel Rutgers was elected, 
as were also George CHnton and General Horatio Gates. They all 
voted for Republican electors, and the result was the election of Jeffer- 
son and Burr. Colonel Rutgers, in a letter written at Albany, on March 
5, 1 80 1, gives an account of the festivities there on the day before in 
honor of Jefferson's inauguration. "The Sixth and Seventh Wards, I 
fancy," he adds, " were not asleep. It was often mentioned here that their 
exertions and success gave a Republican Presidency." It was doubtless 
in view of his course on this and other such occasions that Dr. McMurray 
says: " Of the correctness of his political principles there have been and 
will be different opinions;" but he goes on to say that "his unimpeach- 
able moral character and uniform consistency gained him the confidence 
and respect of those who were his opponents, and procured for him an 
influence in his own party which he often exerted in moderating animosity 
and suppressing the feelings of rancor." He was an Assemblyman in 180 1, 
1802, and 1807. In 1811 he assisted in raising funds for building the first 
Tammany Hall. On June 24, 1812, he presided at an immense mass 
meeting in the Park, called for the purpose of supporting the war and 
encouraging the construction of fortifications.f He was a regent of the 
University of New York State from 1802 to 1826. He was elected to 
succeed be Witt Clinton as president of the Public School Society in 

During all these years his property was increasing in value. He re- 
membered the time when his father could stand at his door and call his 
men working on the farm where Chatham Square now is, and he lived to 
see his private grounds reduced in size to the two blocks bounded by Madi- 
son, Cherry, Clinton, and JelTerson Streets. The entrance was on Jeffer- 
son Street. The rest of the farm was rapidly covered with houses, but the 
work of building was not completed until after his death. Meanwhile his 
transactions in real estate were very extensive. He was accustomed to 
rent his lots on long leases to tenants who built their own houses. Over 
four hundred deeds and leases of his are on record in the Register's Office, 
but they were not all given for a valuable consideration. In 1793 he gave 
seven lots to the Dutch Church, but the gift lapsed, as the church was not 
built within the specified time. A present of four lots to the Scotch Church 
failed for the same reason. Some years later he gave two lots to the 
Second Baptist Church. In 1797 he made a gift of five lots on the north- 
west corner of Henry and Rutgers Streets to the First Presbyterian Church, 
and he added two lots at another time. He contributed a large amount 
toward building this church, and was one of its elders. A new church edi- 
fice was erected on this corner some forty years ago. It was finally sold, 
and became St. Teresa's Roman Catholic Church. The old congregation 
moved up-town, and is now known as the Rutgers Presbyterian Church of 
Madison Avenue. § Colonel Rutgers also gave the ground for the Market 

* Dr. McMiirray's sermon, supra. t Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 589. 

t Vide Kournc's History of the Public School Society, p. 109, and portrait of Col. Rutgers at p. 96. 

§ Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 466. 

02 The Rutgers Family of New York. [April, 

Street Dutch Church at the northwest corner of Market and Henry Streets. 
He made a large subscription to the building fund, and was an elder of this 
church from its organization to his death. The building belongs now to 
the Presbyterian Church of the Sea and Land. In 1806 he presented a lot 
to the Free School Society for a school-house, and an adjourning lot in 
1808.* He was always much interested in the college at New Brunswick, 
N. J., which was founded in 1770 as Queen's College by the Dutch 

i\.fter the Revolution it lay dormant until Colonel Rutgers aided in calling 
it to life. It received the name of Rutgers College from the trustees, "as 
a mark of their respect for his character, and in gratitude for his numerous 
services rendered the Reformed Dutch Church."f Colonel Rutgers was 
accustomed to spend one-fourth of his income in charity. For many 
years he made it a rule to give a cake and a book to every boy in the 
ward who would call on him on New Year's Da}'. The children always col- 
lected before the door, and he would make them an address of a religious 
character. In 18 19 he was a member of a committee appointed to enter 
into correspondence with citizens in various parts of the country, with a 
view to devising some plan for checking the spread of slavery. "There 
is scarcely a benevolent object or humane institution which he has not 
liberally assisted. "J He relieved the poor individually, and supported 
deserving young men.§ In person he was a tall, plain-looking man, with 
a kindl)' expression of face.|| He died in 1830, in the house in which he 
had lived nearly eighty years. In his will he divided his "worldly estate 
with which God has abundantly blessed me " among his numerous relatives, 
but the largest share, including his " mansion house and all the land attached 
thereto," he gave to his great-nephew, William B. Crosby, the grandson 
of his sister, Catherine Bedlow. He had been left early an orphan, and 
" Uncle Rutgers," as he was affectionately known in the family, became his 
guardian and virtually adopted him. Colonel Rutgers had always lived 
simply, and in his will he directs his executors to avoid all ostentation at 
his funeral. The sum thus saved he leaves to an infant school. He gives 
a suit of clothes to each of several servants, "but not a mournmg suit." 
It seems strange to read in a will, made in New York in 1823, the clause 
in which he directs that "my negro Wench slave named Hannah, being 
superannuated, be supported out of my estate."*([ His real estate at his 
death consisted of 429 lots, and was appraised at $907,949. After Colonel 
Rutgers' death Monroe Street was carried through the two blocks sur- 
rounding the house, and this block on Monroe Street was called Rutgers 
Place. The house was remodelled and its north side made its front. It 
stood thus, with a block of ground in lawn and garden around it, until after 
Mr. Crosby's death in 1865.^'* It was then sold and torn down. Its site 
is now occupied by tenement houses. 

Colonel Rutgers was almost the last direct male representative of the 
family in New York City. Since his death the name has entirely disap- 
peared here as a surname. In the City Directory of 1883 it only occurs 

* Mrs. Lamb's New York, ii., 516. 

t Centennial of the Theological Seminary at New Brunswick, pp. 113, 379. 
X Dr. McMurray's Sermon ; see Appleton's Biographical Cyclopaedia, til. Henry Rutgers. 
§ Sermon, supra. 

J The portrait published with this article is taken from the original painting, by Inman, still in the family. 
Duplicate originals are owned by the N. V. Historical Society and Rutgers College, N. J. 
1 Lib. 65 of Wills, p. 139, New York Surrogate's Office. 
** Vide picture of the house in 1858, in Valentine's Manual, 1858, p. 268. 

^y^uju^^ /j' 'JuH^i 

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in the " Rutgers Female College," and the " Rutgers Fire Insurance 
Company." The former was named in honor of Colonel Rutgers, at the 
instance of Mr. Crosby, who in 1838 gave the lots in Madison Street on 
which its original building stood. The insurance company was organized 
in 1853, and took the name on account of the situation of its principal 
office on Chatham Square, near the old Rutgers farm. Its scrip and certi- 
ficates of stock bear the Colonel's portrait. But while the family name 
has become extinct in this city, the descendants of the first Harman Rut- 
gers, bearing other surnames, who reside here, may be numbered by 
hundreds. To many of them it may be interesting to learn something of 
their ancestors, and to find that they were honest, industrious, well-to-do, 
pious Dutchmen. It is in this interest only that the justification lies for 
collecting and publishing these simple records. 


By Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D. 

An unostentatious but somewhat remarkable and wonderfully fruitful 
literary career was closed by the death, on June 11, 1885, of Franklin B. 
Hough, at his residence in Lowville, Lewis County, N. Y. His work, for 
forty years, was of a kind which did not much attract public attention, yet 
it was well said of him that within that period "no citizen of this com- 
monwealth had done so much toward preserving the historical records and 
the statistical history of New York." We who, to a greater or less extent, 
are workers and delvers in the same fields of research which possessed such 
fascination for him, may well stand appalled as we survey the number, 
variety, and permanent value of his achievements in the departments of 
American Local and Legal History, of Biography, and of Science. 

The subject of our sketch was born in Martinsburg, Lewis County, 
N. Y., July 22, 1822. His father. Dr. Horatio Gates Hough (born at 
Meriden, Conn., January 5, 1778), a descendant from William Hough, 
who emigrated from England in 1640, was the first physician settled in 
Lewis County, to which he removed about the year 1799 from Southwick, 
Mass. His mother was Martha Pitcher, born at Westfield, Mass., Sep- 
tember 30, 1787, whose ancestors also came from England in 1636. Their 
children were: (r) Almira, born in 1804; (2) Martha, born in 1807 ; (3) 
Horatio, born in 1809; (4) Franklin B., and (5) Dema. Of these, it is 
somewhat noteworthy that three died within the space of five and a half 
months of the year 1885, viz.: Dr. Franklin B., on June nth ; Martha, on 
November 20th, and Horatio, on November 26th — the eldest sister, Almira, 
being now the only survivor. 

The father of this family died when Franklin was but eight years of age, 
but the mother, a woman of very energetic character, managed to keep the 

* In the compilation of this sketch we have been greatly indebted to memoranda furnished by the family 
of the deceased, to an appreciative editorial in the Utica (N. \ .) Morning Herald, of June 12, 1S85, and to 
Professor James Cruikshanks, of Brooklyn, Mr. E. R. Wallace, of Syracuse, N. Y., John D. Parsons, of 
Albany, N. Y., J. H. Hickock of the Congressional Library, Washington, D. C., as well as others of r)r. 
Hough's old friends. 

The portrait here presented, though not the latest taken of him, is yet one which well preserves his feat- 
ures and appearance as remembered by many of his friends during the greater portion of his active literary 

Dr. Hough's baptismal name was " Benjamin Franklin," but from the time he was eight years old, he 
always wrote it " Frankhn B." or " F. B." 

QA Memorial SkeLh of Frafiklin B. Hough, M.D. [April, 

household together and to educate the children. It is said of Franklin that 
during his early childhood he manifested but little interest in the usual 
sports and employments of boys, and that his time was mostly spent among 
his books, and in making collections of flowers, minerals, and other objects 
of natural history. In his studies he made rapid progress, and at the age 
of fourteen entered the Lowville Academy, boarding about two miles from 
the village, and walking to and from school every day. The gentleman 
with whom he boarded at this time says of him that "it was but a short 
time before he knew every stone in every stone-pile between Lowville and 
Martinsburg." After a year spent at the Academy he continued his studies 
for two years more at the " Black River Institute," at Watertown, Jefferson 
County, N. Y., and September i, 1840, he went to Schenectady to enter 
Union College. Entering the Sophomore Class, he was duly graduated 
A.B. in 1843. During the three years of his college course he attended 
the spring and autumn terms, eking out his expenses by teaching district 
schools at Turin and Martinsburg during the winters. To go to Schenec- 
tady from his home, at that time, was a several days' journey, since he was 
obliged to go by canal for a part of the way, and ride or walk (as he often 
did) the remainder. After graduation from college he taught awhile at the 
Academy in Champion, N. Y., then went to Ohio, and taught, as Principal, 
in the Gustavus Academy for two years. 

While here he married Maria S. Eggleston, of Champion, N. Y., but 
her health failing, he returned home for a short period, during which he 
manifested the bent of his tastes by publishing his first work, a " Catalogue 
of the Plants of Lewis County, N. Y,," issued in 1846, and then entered 
the Medical College at Cleveland, O., whence he graduated M.D. in 1848. 
His wife dying, he soon after began the practice of his profession at Somer- 
ville, St. Lawrence County, N. Y. Being, however, in some manner drawn 
to the subject of local history, he found it so much more interesting than 
the practice of medicine that after four years' experience as a physician 
he renounced physic in favor of literature. Removing, in 1852, to Low- 
ville, he began his " History of St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, N. Y.," 
and while he ever after, during his busy life, kept abreast' of his profession, 
and was always deeply interested in the progress of the Medical Art, his 
time was almost wholly occupied in literary, historical, and statistical work. 

The list of Dr. Hough's works, with which we supplement this Memoir, 
and which is only approximately complete, serves to indicate, better than 
words of praise, his tireless industry, his exhaustless enthusiasm in his chosen 
pursuits, his wide information, and his high scientific attainments. This 
list shows him also to have been, in his character of author as well as by 
birth, pre-eminently a New Yorker. Of his published works, at least fifty 
are devoted to the history, biography, climatology, and statistics of his 
dearly-beloved native State. 

If not absolutely the pioneer of county histories in our State, he was 
among the very first authors in that line ; and though much and valuable 
work has since been done, none of it has been more accurate in its state- 
ment of facts, more complete in its research, or more satisfactory in a lit- 
erary point of view than his. He began his statistical work as the Super- 
intendent of the State Census of 1855, the first complete census of New 
York taken. He was also the Superintendent of Census in 1865, and was 
charged with the duty of making the preparations for the census of 1875, 
under Secretary VVillers. In 1861 he originated that invaluable work, 
" The New York Civil List," which was published for a number of years 

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under his supervision, and which involved, in its original compilation, an 
amount of labor and research which are a|)palling. In 1872 he published 
"The Gazetteer of New York," the last work of the kind that has come 
from the press, and in many respects the most comprehensive. In this 
volume he embodied a complete record of the volunteer regiments of New 
York State in the War of the Rebellion. 

While engaged in these works, Dr. Hough was constantly busy either in 
the annotation of historical documents, the compilation of manuals, or the 
digestion of miscellaneous historical and statistical data. We recall, among 
his publications of this character, the " Manual of the Constitutional Con- 
vention of 1867;" the "Annotated Constitution of New York;" the 
" History of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard;" "Meteorological Obser- 
vations from 1S20 to 1854 ;" his " Biographical Dictionary," and his " His- 
tory of the American Colleges," designed for United States (xovernment 
publication, materials for which are mostly collected, and the first (of ten) 
volume ready for printing. 

During the latter part of his life Dr. Hough became deeply interested 
in the subject of Forestry, serving in the capacity of Chief of the Forestry 
Division of the United States Bureau of Agriculture for a number of years. 
In this capacity he visited Europe some years ago, where he studied care- 
fully the methods of the forestry schools of Germany and other countries, 
and upon his return published a report which remains the most complete 
and valuable work upon Forestry, from the American stand-point, in the 
language. His minor publications on this subject were numerous, and all 
exhibit the trained mind, the careful observer, and the conscientious inves- 
tigator. His experience as a resident upon the borders of the Adirondack 
country led him to believe that there was no necessary antagonism between 
the lumber men and those who believe in the preservation of the forests. 
His constant endeavor was to develop the points of common interest that 
exist between the two, and it was his earnest advocacy of this view that led 
the committees of the Legislature charged with the subject to invite Dr. 
Hough to Albany during the winter of 1884-85, where he spent many 
weeks in the elaboration of the Forestry Bill, which has since become a 
law. It was while engaged in this work that he contracted the pulmonic 
disease which cost him his life. To him we are indebted, more, probably," 
than to any other person, for the fact that the Legislature of our State has at 
length recognized the duty of the State to protect and preserve its forests. 

But the crowning work of Dr. Hough's life was undoubtedly his digest 
of the Legislative history of the State of New York, entitled, " Abstract of 
the Laws of New York," 1 777-1885. This work is still in manuscript. 
Once the Legislature made an appropriation for its publication, and the 
Governor struck it from the Supply Bill. It is a concise summary of the 
legislative action upon every topic of public interest since the foundation 
of the State, carefully annotated and historically presented. To the stu- 
dent of our laws and jurisprudence it presents a mine of information not 
obtainable otherwise, save by years of delving. It was the ambition of 
Dr. Hough's life to see this work published, and the time will certainly 
come when the State will realize the value of the compilation. 

The bare enumeration of his published works, however, conveys no ad- 
equate idea of the amount of mental labor performed by him, since the 
nature of his work was of a kind involving the most painstaking research, 
the greatest exactitude of statement, arrangement, and tabulation, and the 
most patient verification of facts, figures, etc. As an old friend remarks 

q6 Memorial Sketch of Franklin B, Hough, M.D. [April, 

of him, "he labored too hard in every undertaking. He would accom- 
plish much more work in a given time than any other man I ever knew." 

Indeed, so keen was his fidelity to the exact truth, and so great the bulk 
of details with which he eagerly grappled, that, while always a clear and 
vigorous writer — he paid little heed to the graces of composition. His 
pursuit of facts was an absorbing passion. His mission was to preserve 
and verify history — and in pursuing it, he discounted imagination ; know- 
ing that his work was of a character to be appreciated but by a very few, 
he yet loved it and was faithful to it for its own sake. 

During the War of the Civil Rebellion, Dr. Hough found ample and 
appropriate opportunities for the practical exercise of his sanitary and med- 
ical skill in a four months' service as an Inspector of the United States Sani- 
tary Commission ; as well as a nine months' service as surgeon of the 97th 
New York Volunteer Regiment. He also served with ability and zeal in the 
State Bureau of Military Statistics in Albany, for a period of fourteen months. 
While teaching at Champion, N. Y., in the earlier part of his life, he 
frequently lectured in public on the subject of Temperance, and on this 
subject, as well as Sanitary Science, Agriculture, Vital Statistics, Climatology, 
Meteorolgy, etc., he was ever actively interested ; his contributions on 
these subjects in local newspapers, periodicals, etc., amounting to over a 
thousand articles. 

He also, while quite young, invented and published a very ingenious 
" Eight Century Calendar," which can be used for any year from 1600 to 
2300 inclusive. 

In business matters Dr. Hough was straightforward, frank, and honor- 
able. In regard to his family relations, Mr. E. R. Wallace says : " He 
was purely domestic in his nature, and his delightful home was his earthly 
Paradise. No man was ever more attached to his family, or more devoted 
to the comfort and advantage of each member. And never was a husband 
or father more loved, honored,, and respected by his family in return. His 
arrival at home after his frequent ' wanderings ' was always regarded as a 
most important event in the family circle, counted upon weeks in advance, 
and talked about for weeks after his departure. And yet this man's love 
extended to all the human race, which his writings sufficiently prove. There 
was much humor in his nature, and his dry remarks (not studied) would 
always ' fetch the house.' No man could well be possessed of more sterling 
integrity, and his well-spent life may justly be considered as above reproach." 
" Dr. Hough," says another of his old friends, " was a man of strong 
convictions. He held, with a positiveness that was not easily shaken, views 
naturally and deliberately formed ; and he had a right to, for it was his 
custom to examine exhaustively subjects to which he gave his attention 
before finally pronouncing upon them. Most conscientious he was, and 
unbending in his notions of truth, justice, and purity. He had a wonderful 
memory for incidents, facts, and figures, and a readiness and clearness in 
presenting them that commanded the respect and admiration of men of 
culture, and yet with a simplicity and directness that made children ready 
listeners. A more indefatigable worker I never knew. He was methodi- 
cal, and what information he had digested from myriads of sources, in 
reports, newspapers, public documents, he could in his study lay his hand 
upon in a moment. In f?.ct, his unpublished manuscripts and notes are 
almost an index, if not a concordance, to a fabulous amount of infor- 
mation upon scientific topics, historical knowledge (especially of a local 
character), and of the legislative and governmental affairs of the country. 

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" He read with a good degree of facility several modern languages, but 
made no parade of his knowledge. In fact, he never exploited himself ; 
and when an occasion called him out (and he was at home in a large field) 
one was surprised at the accuracy and scope of his knowledge. 

" His manners were simple. At his home he was a charming and royal 
host ; and he had the rare faculty of making himself at home wherever he 
was sure of loyal friendship. His noble wife and his two charming daugh- 
ters, one of whom (for several years an invalid) followed him in a few 
weeks, his four manly sons, and his choice library and hospitable man- 
sion, amid the spacious maple grove that he had planted and adorned, to- 
gether with his own companionship, made a visit to him a joy always to be 

His sons, we understand, are carrying on works which he had in hand, 
and it is to be hoped that they may, in due time, perfect and edit some of 
the many things which he left incomplete, and for which he had collected 
much material. 

Dr. Hough was twice married, (i) July 9, 1845, to Maria S. (daughter 
of Asa) Eggleston, of Champion, N. Y. She died June 2, 1848, aged 
thirty-two. He m. (2) May 16, 1849, Mariah E. (dau. of Heman) Kilham, 
of Turin, Lewis Co., N. Y., who still survives him. 

Children by first marriage : 

I. LoRA Maria, married, March 15, 1875, Benj. W. Bailey, resides 

(1886) at Black River, Jefferson County, N. Y. 
Children by second marriage : 

II. Mary Ellen, born Sept. 12, 1850; educated at Vassar College ; 

m. Cyrus Crofoot, Esq., of the editorial staff of the Cleveland 
(O.) Leader, Oct. 27, 1875. Mr, Crofoot died in 1881, and she 
died July 26, 1885. 

III. Franklin Horatio, born Aug. 18, 1854 ; educated at Union 
College and Albany Law School ; was employed on the " History 
of Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties., N. Y. ; " is now (1886) 
a patent attorney in Washington, D. C. 

IV. RoMEYN Beck, born March 30, 1857 ; graduated A. B., at Cornell 
University, 1881 ; is at present engaged in the preparation of a 
work on " American Woods," in which each kind of wood is to 
be illustrated by a thin transverse, a longitudinal, and an oblique 
section of the wood itself. 

V. Minnie M., born Jan. 20, i860; attended Syracuse University one 


VI. Elida C, born Feb. 7, 1863; graduated A. B. at Cornell Univer- 
sity, 1885. 

VII. A. Lincoln, born Dqc. 28, 1865 ; a sophomore at Cornell 
University (1886). 

VIIL Jessie Mariah, UomMavi^? 1872 1 died Jan. 6, 1873. 
IX. Jennie Mariah, ( .r 3> / ? [died Jan 26, 1873. 


Historical, — i, " History of St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, 
N. Y.," 1853 ; 2, " History of Jefferson County, N. Y.," 1854 ; 3, " His- 
tory of Lewis County, N. Y.," 1860 ; 4, " History of Lewis County, N. 
Y." (Historical part, 4to.), 1883; 5, " Lowville Academy, Semi-centennial" 
(with others), 1859; 6, "History of Duryee's Brigade" (at request of 
officers), 1864; 7, "New York Civil List" (originated and edited for 


Memorial Sketch of Franklin B. Hough, M.D. [April, 

eight years), 1855-63; 8, "Nantucket Papers" (from original records), 
1856; 9, " Peniaquid Papers" (under appointment of Me. Hist. Soc), 
1856; 10, "Peniaquid in its Relations to our Colonial History," 1874; 
II, " Easton's Phillip's Indian War" (from original MSS., with notes and 
much original matter), 1858; 12, "Hatfield and Deerfield" (papers re- 
lating to attack in 1677, from original records), 1859; ^^3' "Siege of 
Detroit, 1763" (from original records, with much original matter), i860; 
14, "Proceedings of Commissioners of Indian Affairs" (2 vols. 4to, under 
a resolution of Albany Inst.), 1861 ; 15, '-'Captain Leonard Bleeker's 
Order Book " (from original, with notes ; relates to Sullivan's Expedi- 
tion), 1865; 16, "Major Andre's Court-Martial" (from orig. and rare 
ed., with notes), 1865; 17, " General Arnold's Court of Inquiry," 1780; 
the same, 1865; 18, " Pouchot's Memoirs of the War of 1755-60 
(translated from the French, with numerous notes and illlustrations ; 2 
vols. Royal 8vo), 1866; 19, " Washingtoniana " (memorials of the 
death and funeral of General Washington, with two original portraits ; 2 
vols., Royal 8vo), 1865; 20, "Bibliographical List of Books and Pamph- 
lets Relating to the death of General Washington" (in the above and 
separately, with separate index, etc.), 1865; 21, "Siege of Savannah," 
1779 (from contemporary newspapers, etc.), 1866; 22, "Siege of 
Charleston," 1780; (the same), 1867; 23, "Andre's Cow Chase '' (his- 
torical and annotated edition), 1866; 24, "Northern Invasion of 1780" 
(papers relating to Sir John Johnson's invasion of Schoharie and the 
Mohawk Valley, from unpublished originals), 1861 ; 25, "Plan for Seiz- 
ing Col. Goff, the Regicide " (from originals in archives of New York 
and Connecticut), 1855; 26, " Proclamations of Thanksgiving " (historical 
introduction and text of all national and New York State proclama- 
tions from beginning), 1858; 27, "Gazetteer of New York" (edited 
and wrote most of edition of i860), i860; 28, "Gazetteer of New York " 
(a similar work from recent inquiries ; wholly re-written), 1872 ; 29, 
" Military and Camp Hospitals," etc. (translaiion of Bauden's " Medical 
History of the Crimean War;" with notes), 1862 ; 30, "Historical Sketch 
of Union College," 1876 (assisted by Professor Pearson. This was de- 
signed as a specimen of a series of college histories which General Eaton, 
Commissioner of Education, designed to issue as a government work, hav- 
ing reference to the Centennial year. The whole would make ten vols., 
8vo, or more, and the MSS. of vol. i. is in hand ready for printing. The 
materials are mostly collected); 31, " Journals of Major Robert Rogers, 
1755-60," 1883; 32, "American Biographical Notes," 1875; ■^■Tii "Cen- 
tennial History of the Regents of the University of New York," 1885 ; 34, 
'• Proceedings of Convention of Delegates of New England States, in 1 780," 
etc., 1867. 

Scientific. — i, "Catalogue of the Plants of Lewis County," 1846 ; 2, 
" Meteorological Observations of New York Academies," 1825-50 (pre- 
pared under direction of Regents, and published by the State Legislature ; 
4to), 1855 ; 3, " Meteorological Observations of New York Academies ; " 
second series 1851-63 (from original record), 1872; 4, "Essay on the 
Climate of New York " (prepared under the auspices of the State Agri- 
cultural Society), 1857; 5, "Observations upon Periodical Phenomena 
of Animal and Vegetable Life " (prepared under a contract with Smith- 
sonian Institution, from original returns throughout North America. Pub- 
lished with Professor Coffin's report by Congress), 1862 ; 6, " Report on 
Forestry" (prepared for Committee on Public Lands), 1874; 7, " First 

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Report on Forestry," 1877 (under a commission from Congress), 
1878; 8, "Second Report on Forestry," 1878-9 (under a commission 
from Congress), 18S0 ; 9, "Third Report on Forestry," 1880 (under 
a commission from Congress), 1881 ; 10, "Fourth Report on Forestry," 
1884 (prepared four articles for it), 1885; 11, "Elements of Forestry' 
(used as text-book in colleges), 1882; 12, "Journal of Forestry" (pub 
lished at Cincinnati; edited for one year), 1882-3. Besides these worki 
he was the author of over forty papers, addresses, or newspaper contribu 
tions on the subject of American Forestry. 

Constitutions and Laws. — i, "New York Convention Manual' 
(two vols, under an appointment of the law for the convention of 1867-8) 
1867; 2, "New York Constitution of 1846" (annotated and showin^^ 
the comparative provisions of the constitutions of all the other States, 
4to. Three editions were printed in this volume. Prepared under ap 
pointment of the convention of 1867-8), 1867; 3, "The Existing Con 
stitution of New York," 1846-69. Compared with the constitutions o 
1877 and 1 82 1, and with that prepared in 1867-8. Large 8vo. Showing 
by comparative columns the four constitutions, (this is a part of a work 
nearly completed, but not printed, upon the " Constitutions of New York,' 
that would make a large 8vo volume uniform with the following), 1873 
4, "American Constitutions" (2 vols. Large 8vo. Gives the history o 
each State constitution, analysis of the text of each and, in most cases, the 
names of delegates. The second volume contains a classification showing 
how the constitutional provisions of each of the States and of the United 
States resemble or diflfer), 1871 ; 5, " Constitutional Provisions in regard 
to Education. Forming 'Circular No. 7, 1875, Bureau of Education.' " 
Historical and comparative (similar work was done in 1869 for a con- 
gressional committee relating to " Right of Suffrage" and "The Census"), 
1875; 6, "Convention of 1780; 7, " Abstract of the Laws of New 
York," being an Analysis and classification of all of the Laws passed by 
the State Legislature from the beginning of a State Government in 1777 
to the close of the 108th session in 1885, showing in full the Title of every 
Act with the Date of its Passage and References to Places where each 
may be found in full ; with a concise abstract of the Subject-Matter, co- 
pious References to Documentary and other Liformation having Reference 
to these laws, and Statements of the Result of Elections, where they have 
been submitted to a popular Vote. Also an Abstract of all the Statutes 
of the Congress of the United States, and of the Bordering States and of 
Canada, that have been passed prior to the year 1885, having Reference to 
the State of New York ; together with full Reference to the Decisions of 
the State and Federal Courts, in which the meaning of these Laws has been 
explained or their Constitutionality decided. 

(Not yet published, but nearly ready ; a Prospectus and advance sheets 
appeared last winter. Will probably make six large 8vo volumes.) 

Statistics. — i, "New York State Census," 1855;, 2, "History of the 
Census in the State of New York," 1866; 3, " New York State Census," 
1865; 4, "Census of New York City," 1865 (under employment of 
the city authorities ; historical, and illustrated with graphic diagrams, 
maps, etc.), 1866; 5, " Census of the District of Columbia" (under con- 
tract with the United States Commissioner of Education, and chiefly at 
expense of the cities of Washington and Georgetown. This census was 
taken in one day, September 11, 1867, on the European plan, the whole 
police force of the District being employed), 1867; 6, 7, 8, "Preliminary 

lOO Memorial Sketch of Franklin B. Hough, M.D. [April, 

Reports on the State Census of 1855, 1865, and 1875 ; " 9, "Comprehen- 
sive Farm Record," 1875 (4to, with a series of blanks for registry for 25 
years), i860; 10, "American Farm Register " (similar in plan but much 
more elaborate), 1879 ; n, " Essay on Medical and Vital Statistics " (prize 
essay read before the State Medical Society, embracing a plan of registra- 
tion of surgical injuries ; since adopted in the army of the United States 
and in the Russian armies), 1867; 12, "Agricultural Statistics of New 
York State," 1867. 

Miscellaneous. — i, " The Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence," 
descriptive, historical, and legendary, 1880; 2, "Biography of James L. 
Leonard," 1867; 3, "Biography of Dr. C. M. Crandall," 1868; 4, "Biog- 
raphy of Dr. WilJard;" 5, " Biography of Peter Penet," 1866; 6, "Biogra- 
phy of Te-ho-ra-gro-ne-gen, alias Thomas Williams, a Chief of the Caugh- 
nawaga tribe of Indians in Canada." By Rev. Eleazer Williams. Supervised 
and published by F. B. Hough. 1859. 7, " Munsell's Guide to Hudson 
River," 1859. Total number of volumes, without "Abstract of the Laws 
of New York," 78. 


Corresponding member (unless otherwise noted) of the Academy of 
Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, May 24, 1851 ; Minnesota Historical So- 
ciety, August 22, 185 1 ; Historical Society of Pennsylvania, April 10, 
1854; Phi Beta Kappa Society, 1855 (actual); Lyceum of Natural His- 
tory, New York, February 12, 1852 ; Historical Society Wisconsin, April 
13, 1855 ; Albany Institute, July 10, 1855 (resident); Connecticut Histori- 
cal Society, November 7, 1855 ; Newport Historical Society, March 18, 
1857 (honorary) ; American Geographical and Statistical Society, October 
29, 1857; Maryland Historical Society, June 3, 1858; American Statistical 
Association, October 20, 1858; Ulster Historical Society, May 10, 1859; 
New England Historic-Genealogical Society, February i, i860 ; Ver- 
mont Historical Society, February 3, i860 ; New York Historical Society, 
November 4, 185 1 ; New Haven Colony Historical Society, November 27, 
1 86 1 (honorary); Lewis County Medical Society, December 24, 1867 (mem- 
ber); Buffalo Historical Society, April 14, 1869 ; New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Society, June 5, 1869; Western Reserve Historical Society, 
December 10, 1870 (honorary and life) ; Maine Historical Society, July 
22, 1871 ; Rhode Island Historical Society, October 7, 1885; Minnesota 
State Forestry Association, March 24, 1876 (perpetual) ; Oneida Histori- 
cal Society, June 30, 1878 (honorary); Anthropological Society of Wash- 
ington, March 26, 1879; American Philosophical Society, April 21, 1882 
(member); Geographical Society of Quebec, December 11, 1882 (honor- 
ary); Virginia Historical Society, May 14, 1882 (honorary); New Hamp- 
shire Historical Society, June 14, 1882 (honorary); American Association 
or the Advancement of Science (fellow) ; American Forestry Association 
member) ; American Forestry Congress (member) ; Washington Philosoph- 
ical Society (member) ; Washington Biological Society (member) ; Trustee 
of Lowville Academy, February 15, 1861; Societe Nationale D' Agriculture 
de France, March 7, 1884 (foreign corresponding) ; New York State 
Forestry Association. 

Degrees. — The degree A.B. was conferred by Union College in 1843, 
and subsequently the degree A.M. M.D. was conferred by the Cleveland 
Medical College in 1848. Ph.D. was conferred by the Regents of the 
State of New York. 

i886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. loi 

CITY OF NEW YORK.— Baptisms. 

(Continued from Vol. XVI., p. 94, of The Record.) 

Hendiik Van der Grist, 
Johanna Van Hoek. 

Cornelus Van Hoorn, 
Marretje Myer. 

Jdly 6. 


Justus Bosch, Anne- Johannes. 

tje Smith. 
Jan Van Hoorn, Ca- Jacobus. 

tharina Meyer. 




Augustus 3. 




Johannes V. Heyn- Sara. 

inge, Marretje 

George Willes, Anne- Elizabeth. 

tje Concelje. 
Jan Van Pelt, Maria Jan. 

Dirk Bensen, Jn', Eli- Simson. 

zabeth Ratleff. 
Abraham Gouver- Maria. 

neur, Maria Leys- 

Johannes Elzewarth, Jores. 

Sara Blakvvel. 
Charles CromHne, Jo- Maria. 

hanna Sincklar. 
David Mandeviel, Casparus. 

Marretje V. Goese. 
Huybert V. d. Berg, Ariaantje. 

Marytje Lancing. 
Jan Willex, Margrie- Gerret. 

tje Douw. 
Gerret de Wind el, Johanna. 

Cornelia Blank. 
Sjoert Olpherts, Do- Olphert. 

rathe Greenham. 
Joost Soy, Sara van I^uykas. 

Willem Janse Romen, Jan. 

Annetje Wessels. 

Abraham de Lanoy, Jan- 
netje Rome, s: h: v'. 

Manfield Tucker, Catha- 
rina Hardenbroek, j. d. 

Ihon Clark, Annetje John- 

Simson Bensen, Rachel 

Isaac Gouverneur, Su- 
sanna de Kleyn. 

Jores Elzewarth, Aria- 
antje, s: h^ v"^: 

Gerret Diiyking, Johanna 

David Mandeviel, Jn^, 
Jannetje, s: h^ v"^. 

Willem Jacobze, Rachel 

Barent de Kleyn, Cor- 
nelia V. Varik. 

Jan Canon, Marrytje Le- 

Jan Rosevelt & Heyltje, 
syn h^ v'. 

Cornelus Van Thienhove, 
Elizabeth Anient. 

Jan Will: Romen, Maria 

Vicktoor Blocker, Eva Pieternella. Harmen Bensing, Pie- 

Ten Yk. 
Hendrik Myer, Wyn- Hendrikus. 

tje Rhee. 
Johannes Provoost, Margreta. 

Sara Baly. 
Anthony Rutgers, Maria. 

Hendrikje Van de 

Samtiel Provoost, Ma- Maria. 

ria Sprath. 
Nicolaas Mathysen, Nicolaas. 

Maria Lakeman. 
Cornelus Biinsen, Neeltje. 

Lena Cokiver. 

ternelle de Wit. 

Dirk de Grgof, Ariaantje, 
s: h^ v'. 

Isaac Verplank, Margrie- 
tje Henion. 

Harmanus Rutgers, Mary- 
tje Singelaar. 

David Provoost, Sen'., 

Cornelia Sprath. 
Joseph Berrye & Lea, s: 

h' v^ 
Richard Care, Jannetje 


I02 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [April, 

A° 1712. 




Septemb. 5. 






John Brouwn, Anna 

Van Oorden. 
Fredrik Willemse, 

Marytje Waldroni. 
Jacob Coning, Claasje 

Wynant Van t' Zant, 

Catharina Ten Yk. 
Johan Anderson, Ju- 
dith Janse. 
Merinis Roelofse, 

Dina Idesse. 
Gerret Van Hoorn, 

Elsje Provoost. 
Schiboleth Bogardiis, 

Anna Garmo. 
Abraham W e n d a 1 1 , 

Catharina de Kay. 
W i 1 ] e m Brouwer, 

Marytje Van Oort. 
Cornelus Jooste, Ca- 
tharina de Hart. 
Cornelus Clopper, 

Jn'., Catharina 

John Mew, Elizabeth 

V. DeCirse. 
Johannes de Foreest, 

Catharina R a v e - 

Johannes Poiiwelse, 

Elizabeth V. d. 

Philip Daly, Cornelia 

Van Gelder. 
Benjamin Wynkoop, 

Femnietje Van der 

J o z e p h Robinson, 

Maria de Kleyn. 
Anthony Ham, Eliza- 
beth Myer. 
Jan Smith, J ii d i t h 

Johannes Koiiwen- 

hove, Rachel Ben- 
sen. ' 




Willem Brouwer, Elsje 



Jacob Blom, Annatje 



Jan Jansen, Elizabeth 

Lam, Jn^ 


Jacobus Krankheyt, Sara 

V. Vorst. 


Ruth Wouters, Styntje 



Anthony Byvank, Mar- 

re tje V. den Berg. 


Cornelus Van Hoorn, Ze'., 

Margreta Van Brdgh. 


Pieter Garmo, Anna Kip. 


Jacobus Bayard, Sara 



John Brouwn, Helena 

de Kay, 


Pieter Van Velse, Antje 

de Hart. 


Patrick Macknight, Anna 



Gerret & Saartje Burger. 


Rip Van Dam, Annetje 








28. Dirck Koek, Siisan- Elizabeth, 
na Grigier. 

Dirk Bensen, Jn'., Pieter- 
nelle V. d. Water. 

Nathan Daly, Elizabeth 

Johannes& Cornelia Wyn- 

Leonard de Kleyn, Eliza- 

"beth Lippenar. 
Pieter Myer, Cornelia 

Benjamin de Harrietton, 

Jannetje Smith. 
Dirk Bensen, Catharina 

Boke, s. h. v'. 

Nicola as Thienhove, 
Marretje, s: buys v'. 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A* 1712. 





Nov: 2. 


Poul Miller, Anna Pieter. 
Van der Heyden. 

C o r n e 1 u s Loiiwe, Elizabeth. 

Margrietje V. Bor- 

Pieter Gardinias, Me- Catharina, 

tje Van Tilbtirg. 
Jan Stoutenburg, Maria. 

Henrica Duyking. 
Pieter Clement, An- Jannetje. 

netje Ruyten. 
Pieter Anient, Eliza- Lucas. 

bet V. Tienhove. 

Johannes Bant, VVil 

lemyntje Philips. 
Baltus de Hart, Mar- 

gareta Moiiritz. 
Pieter Van Dyk, Ra- 
chel Leroux. 
Abrahani Van Gelder, 

Catlyntje Post. 
Harmen Bussing, 

Sara Selover. 
Robberd Bossie, Ca- 
tharina Dirx. 
Johannes Kertbyl, 

Margreta Pro- 

Johannes Van Nor- 

den, Hendrikje 

Ten Yk. 
Jan Van der Meer, 

Elizabeth Hoist. 
Robberd C a m m e 1 , 

Elizabeth Burch. 
D°" Gualtherus Dii 

Bois, Helena Van 

Jan Hyer, Jannetje 

Barent Reynders, 

Hester Leyslaar, 
Barent de Freest, 

Catlyntje Sarley. 















Hendrik V. d. Heul, Hendrikus. 

Marretje Myer. 
Josyas Ocdon, Catha- Maria. 

rina V. d' Poel. 


Schiboleth Bogardiis, Ja- 
cobus Veevos, Cornelia 
Van der Heyden. 

Jacobus Moene, Diever- 
tje Bos. 

Jacob de Gardemo, Cor- 
nelia Van der Heyden. 

Tobias & Antje Stouten- 

Mangel Janse, Antje, s: 
h: v'. 

Cornebis V. Tienhove, 
Marretje, h. v. v. Nico- 
laas Tienhove. 

Willem & Hendrikje 

Mathys de Hart, Jan- 
netje Mouritz. 

Bartholomeus Leroux, 
Urseltje Van Dyk. 

Johannes V. Gelder, Aegje 
V. Gelder. 

Gerret Hassing, Eliza- 
beth Burger. 

Hendrik Buys, Annetje 

David Provoost Jonath. 
Z., Catharina Bensen, 

Theofiliis Pels, Annatje 

Joh. V. d' Poel, Albartus 
Hoist, Marytje Hibon. 

Burger Sippe, Margrietje 

Isaac de Peyster & Isaac 
dti Bois, Olevier Teller 

& Sophia Teller. 

Willem Hyer, Annatje 

Octave Coenraatz, Ca- 
tharina Walters. 

Gerret de Foreest, Ma- 
ria Magdalena Appel. 

Harmanus Rtitgers, Ca- 
tharina Myer, s: h. v'. 

Jacobus ) „ 

Marytje [^'■^^°°^t- 

I04 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church m New York. [April, 

A° 1712. 






Elbert Aartse, Anne- Evert. 

tje Ten Yk. 
Willeni Bogert, Hille- Susanna. 

gont Joris. 
Lovvies Boulje, Anne- Catharina. 

tje Coning. 
Johannes R o m m e , Annetje. 

Antje Pels. 
Thomas Slow, Eliza- Elizabeth. 

beth Wessels. 

Gerret Hyer, Saartje Gerret. 

Jan Cramer, Engeltje Gooswyn. 

CharelBeekman, Ytje Johannes. 

Van t' Zant. 

Jacob Bennet, Neel- Hendrikus. 
tje Beekman. 
Decemb. 5. Jan Pieterse, Antje Jan. 



Cornelus Rapalje, Jo- 
hanna Anthonidus. 

BarentdeKleyn, Cor- 
nelia V. Varik. 

Hans Kiersted&, 
Maria Van Vleck. 

David Cosaar, Styn- 
tje Joris. 

Nathan Daly, Saar- 
tje Hiiysman. 

Gerret Van Laar, 
Jannetje Streddels. 

Johannes Myer, Sara 
de Foreest. 

Willem Echt..Obyt., 
Marretje V. Dyk. 

VVolfert Webber, 
Grietje Stille. 

Abraham V. Vleck, 
Maria Kip. 











Loiirens Barentse, Helena. 

Hester Jans. 
Petriis Kip, Immetje Johannes. 

Van Dyk. 
Victoor Hyer, Jan- Catharina. 

netje Van Gelder. 


Jeams Waters, Wyntje 
Ten Yk. 

Joort Lynen, Aefje Vre- 

Joort Lynen & Elizabeth, 
s: hs V. 

Cornelus Romme, Tryn- 
tje Aalsteyn. 
. Henrikus Coerte, Petrus , 
de Riemer, Aaltje de. 

Jan Hyer, Annetje Har- 

Sjoert Olfertse, Dorathe 

Pieter Bosch, Wynant 
Van t' Zant, Sasanna 

Willem Bennet, Jn'., An- 
netje Beekman. 

Jan de Lamontagne, Pie- 
tronella de Lamon- 

Jeronimus Rapalje, Titje 

Leonard de Kleyn, Saar- 
tje V. Varik. 

Abraham Van Vlek, Ma- 
ria Kierstede. 

Frans Goelet, Neeltje 

Jan ) 

Antje \ 

Christoffel ) Harden- 
Femmetje j broek. 

Ide Myer, Marretje My- 
er, alias Van der Grist. 

Jacobus & Saratje Van 

Jacob Coning, Dievertje 

Jacobus Kip, Catlyna de 
Lanoy . . Abrate Kip 
& Catharina Kip, Wed" 
van Joh: Kip. 

Gysbert & Catharina 

John Crugo, Rachel Van 

Harmanus & Theuntje 
Van Gelder. 


1 886. J Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A" 1712. 

A° 1713- 
January i. 






February 11. 

January 28. 


Thomas Robberds, Elizabeth. 
Geesje Lieiiwes. 

Hans Bergen, Rachel Michiel. 

Johannes Brestede, Elizabeth. 

Rebecca Onkelbag. 
Jacob Ten Yk, Neel- Jacob. 

tje Hardenberg. 
Adolf de Groof, Ra- Aegje. 

chel Goederus. 
Pieter Steel, Chibilla Petrfis. 

Margreta Schryver. 
Ediiard Blagg, Johan- Johannes. 

na Vickers. 
Enoch MichielseVre- Helena. 

lant, Aegje Van 

Benjamin Oldes, Aal- Jannetje. 

tje Schars. 
Harme Van Hoese, Volckert. 

Geesje Heermans. 
Jan Van B u y r e n , Pieter, 

Maria Myer, Maria. 

Willem Waldrom, Jo- Willem. 

hanna Nagels. 
Jurian Witvelt, Mary- Maria. 

tje Ten Yk. 
Enoch Vrelant, Ma- Cornelus. 

ria Van Hoorn. 
Willem Sjeckerly, Johannes. 

Debora Van Dyk. 
Fredrik Boog, Johan- Johanna. 

na Van Hoek. 
Samuel Richerson, Maria. 

Elizabeth Bedlo. 
MichielVaughton,Ca- Michiel. 

tharina Donnelson. 
Samuel Philipz. Aal- Caleb, \ 5 

tje Dame. Josua. [- 1 


[352] Albartus Coenradus Maria. 

February 15. Bosch, Maria Jeeds. 
18. David Mandeviel, Antje. 

Jannetje AVoerten- 
John Waldron, Cor- Cierardus. 
nelia Hardenberg. 


Leonard & Elizabeth 

Dirk Bensen, Jannetje 
Koxman, s. h. v. 

Gerret Onkelbag, Antje 

Abraham Ten Yk, Ra- 
chel Grant. 

Cornelus Louw, Agnietje 
de Groof. 

Dirk Schryver, Ida Bries. 

Johannes V. Hartsberge, 
Catharina Walters. 

Pieter Myer, Styntje Co- 

Frans & Aaltje Van D)>k. 

Cornellis Louw, Maria 

Anthony Han, Elizabeth 
Myer, s: h: v^, Pieter 
Myer, Christina Jans. 

Jan Nagel, Anna Catha- 
rina Berk. 

Johannes Ten Yk, Pie- 
ter nella de Wit. 

Adolph Philipz, Gerret 
Van Hoorn, Kleck. 

Philippiis Schuyler, Mar- 
greta Harding. 

Salomon ] ■, -r, 
-r , h de Boog. 

Johanna ) ° 

Samuel Staats, Catharina 
Bedlo, s: h: v: 

Leonard de Kleyn, Su- 
sanna Lysiaar, s. h. v'. 


Rem RemseV:d'Beek, 
Marta Remse V: d"^ 


Cornelus Jacobse Woer- 
tendyk, Marretje Man- 

Andries Ten Yk, Neeltje 



Io6 Records of the Reforf?ied Dutch Church in New York. [April, 

A° 17 13. OUDERS. 

2 2, Albartus Hoist, Aal- 

tje Provoost. 
Gerret de Graw, Do- 
rathe Hyer. 
Meert 8. Johannes Doiiw, Sara 

de Foreest. 
Isaac Verplank, 
Amonarentia Pro- 
Claass Bogert, Grietje 

Abraham Van Hoorn, 
Maria Provoost. 
15. Abraham Russel, 

Maria Faster. 
Richard Magdnell, 

Cornelia Varik. 
Philippus Van Bor- 
siim, Margrietje 
18. Olivier Teller, Cor- 

nelia de Peister. 
22 Hendrik Vonk, Ca- 

t h ar in a Hege- 
Abraham de Lanoy, 
Jannetje Rome. 
25. Burger Sippe, Mary- 

tje Hibon. 
29. Lourens Kimny, Ca- 

tharina Davids. 

Johannes V. Harts- 
berge, Catharina 

Nicolaas Rosevelt, 
Jn'., Sara Voile- 
April I. Benjamin V. Vegte, 

Jannetje Eckeson. 

Jacob Franse, Antje 
5. Evert Van Wagener, 

Hill ego nd V. 

Frans Reyerse, Jan- 
netje Dye. 

Richard Rhee, Elsje 



Hilletje, Gerret Provoost, Ama- 

rentia Ver Plank. 
Johannes. Victoor Hyer, Jannetje 

s: h^ v'. 
Catharina. Willem Appel, Catlyntje 

Isaac. Johannes Provoost, Mar- 

retje Maries. 

Margrietje. Elbert Harmese, Catha- 
rina Bogert. 

Abraham. Johannes ) Van 

Margareta j Brugh. 

Johannes. Pouwlus 


Catharina. Jan Van Varik, Saartje, 
s: h= v^ 

Jan. Fredrik Willemse, Eliza- 

beth Montagne. 

Margareta. Isaac de Peister, Sophia 

Cornelfts. Auke Van Engele, Yda 

Vonk, s: h^ v'. 

Cornelia. Jan Willemse Rome, Ma- 
ria, s: h^ v''. 
Geertriiy. Johannes Hibon, Maria 

Cornelus, ge- Sjoert Olphertse, Dora- 
boren Au- the Greenham. 
gust 30: 
1 712. 
Johannes. Isaac Labadie, Catha- 
rina Walters, Se'. 

Hilletje. Nicolaas ) Rosevelt, 

Hilletje \ Sen^ 

Jan. Theunis V. Vegte, Apa- 

lony Eckeson. 

Barber. A b r a m & Susanna 


Nicolaas. Barent«Si Dievertje Bosch. 

Joris. Gerret & Saartje Burger. 

Roberd. Pieter • Bosch, Annetje 


1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. '107 

A* 171: 



26. • 

May 6. 




Juny 5. 




H e n d r i k Van den Anna Maria. 

Burg, Maria Mag- 

dalena Knight. 
Jan Uiifoe, Catharina Roelof, 

Denys Relje, Janne- Magdalena. 

tje Derowae. 

Stephanas Bo e ken- Stephanus. 

hove, Anna Hoist. 
Philip Witvelt, Jan- Justus. 

^ I s a a c Gouverneiir, Nicolaas. 

Sara Staats. 
Pieter Bant, Martha Marretje. 

Robberd Kemmel, Maria. 

Elizabeth Bortz. 
Alexander F e n i x , Jacobus. 

Margrietje Cam- 

Jacobus Bayard, Jacobus. 

Hill ego nd de 

Samuel S h a h a a n , Belitje. 

Neeltje Cosyn. 
Abraham Provoost, Abraham. 

Jannetje Myer. 
Jan Van Vore, Judith Johannes. 

Willem Mathiks, Su- Josua. 

sanna Badjor. 
Pieter Seyn, Annetje Johannes. 


John Johnson, Eliza- Gabriel. 

beth Lam. 
Cornelus Post, Cat- Maria. 

lyntje Patman. 
Jacob Schuumans, Sophia. 

Annetje Jeffers. 
Jan Potiwelse, Antje'Margreta. 

Lliykas Stoiitenburg, Tobias. 

Sara Beating. 
Jaemes Lae, Justina Justina. 

Jacobus Quick, Maria Catlynlje. 

Egbert Van Bossenji^Hendrik. 

Elizabeth Bensen. 


Pieter Jacobze, Rebecka 

Anthony Rutgers, Catha- 
rina Rutgers Wed^ 

Hendrik Van den Burg, 
Maria Magdalena, s: h: 

Johannes Symense, Hen- 
drikje V. Hoek. 

George Brewenton, Ca- 
tharina Blank. 

Samuel Staats, Maria 

Barent Cornelusse, Eliza- 
beth Bant. 

Burger Sippe, Francyntje 

Jacob Fenix, Catharina 

Atigustus G6da [ie Jay], 

Anna Maria Beyard, s. 

h. V. 
Aarnoiit Hendriks, Geer- 

tje Claase, s: h^ v'': 
Harm an lis Rutgers, Ca- 
tharina Myers, s: h: v'. 
Willem Elsevvarth, Pie- 

ternella, s. h. v'. 
Coenraat Ten Yk, Dina 

Joh: Hoorn, Philip Sjeere, 

Elsje Mouling, An: 

Mary Antony. 
Benjamin Eldredge, Eli- 
zabeth Coning. 
Lodewyk Post, Catlyntje 

Van Gelder. 
Denys Doohage, Rachel, 

s. h. v. 
Jacob & Antje Van 

Tobias Stouten burg, 

Tryntje V. Rollegom. 
J ti r i a n Witvelt, Maria 

Ten Yk. 
Jan Rosevelt, Heyltje 

Samson Bensen, Marretje 


lo8' Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [April, 

A° 1713. 

jTlly I. 



August 2. 




Rykard Bdrke, Anna Maria, ge- 

Maria Bosch. boren27 

Patrik Magknight, Margreta. 

Anna Cloppers. 
Jan Hibon, S^',, Ca- Aaltje. 

tharina Sebring. 
H e n d r i k Brevoort, Elias. 

Jacomyntje Boke. 
Frans Pieterse, Ra- Antje. 

chel Eckeson. 
Theophilus Pels, Eli- Daniel 

zabeth Blaiivelt. Catlyntje. 


Pieter Luykasse, 
Marytje Willems. 

Anthony B y v a n k , 
Theuntje Laning. 

Johannes A a r t s e , 
Marytje Marshel, 

Johannes Oostrander, 
Elizabeth V. den 

Sacharia Hut sings, 
Styntje Segers. 

H e n d r i k Meyer, 
Wyntje Rhee. 

Jeames Waters, Ma- 
rytje Aartse. 

William Glover, Mar- 
grietje Blom. 

Pieter Chaigneau, 

Aaltje Smith. 
Jan Canon, Marytje 

Lodewyk Ackerman, 

Hillegond Bosch. 
Casparus B 1 a n c k , 

Agnietje Post. 
William Brouwer, 

Neeltje Thomas. 
Hendrik Kermer, Ja- 
comyntje Rave- 

J o z e p h Houwerd, 

Christina de Mill. 
Jacobus Provoost, 

Marytje V. der 


Gerret Van Hoorn, Antje 

Smith, b. V. v. Justus 

Cornelus Clopper, Jn^, 

Pieternella V. de Water. 
Cornelus } r. , ■ 

Aaltje \ S^^""g- 
Jacobus & Tanneke Boke. 

Jan Van Aarnem, Ap- 

lony Eckeson. 
Johannes Graaf, Catlyn- 
tje de Foreest, Evert 
Pels, Ariaantje Else- 

Salomon. Frans Abramse, ) t 
Annetje Frans. \ | 

Anthony. Harmanus V. G e 1 d e r , 
Teuntje Ides, s. h. v. 

Catharina. Johannes Van D{ierse, 
Marretje Aartse. 

Petrus. Willem Brouwer, Maria 


Elizabeth. Seger Gerretse, Jannetje 

Hendrikus. Abraham Lefferts, An- 
natje Hooglant. 

Herculus. Elbert Aartse, Marretje 

William. John LieWis & Joort 
Lynse, Annetje Blom, 
h. V. v. John Liewis. 

Johanna. Justes Bosch, Annatje 
V. de Boog. 

Sara. ^Ilsaac Gouverneiir, Sara 

Staats, s. h^ v^ 

Albartus. Gidius Lj^nse, Anna Ma- 
ria Bosch. 

Isaac. Isaac Blank, Lidia Lootz. 

William. Jan Schoiite, Maria 
Schoute Wed^ 

Annatje. Gerret Ravesteyn, Mary- 
tje Rollegom. 

Hester. Anthony de Mill, Sara 

de Mill. 
Jacob. . Isaac Gouverneiir, Sara 

Staats, s: h^ v^ 

[886.] Notes and Queries. 



Proceedings of the Society. — At the regular meeting held January 22d, Presi- 
dent Wilson in the chair, the Executive Committee, through its chairman, Dr. Ellsworth 
Eliot, recommended for election to resident membership Dr. Edward F. S. Arnold and 
Mr. Elbridge T. Gerry. On motion these gentlemen were unanimously elected. The 
resignation of Mr. J. Harsen Purdy was presented by the Treasurer and accepted by the 
Society. After remarks by Dr. Holcombe, there being no other business, the Society 

At the regiilar meeting held February 12, 1886, President Wilson in the chair the 
Executive Committee, through its chairman, recommended as a building committee the 
following named gentlemen : Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Hon. Wm. Waldorf Astor Hon. 
Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Edmund Abdy Harvey, Mr. John V. L. Pruyn, and Mr. 
Amory S. Carhart. An address was delivered by the president, after which a paper, en- 
titled "The Prime Family in America," and a short sketch of the Rev. Samuel Iren:eus 
Prime, D. D., was read by Mr. Edward Irenceus Stimson, followed by a vote of thanks 
and brief addresses from Mr. Charles B. Moore, Mr. Edward F. De Lancey and the 
Hon. Charles A. .Peabody. 

At the regular meeting held February 26th, President Wilson in the chair, the Ex- 
ecutive Committee, through Dr. Eliot, chairman, recommended for resident membership 
Rev. Morgan Dix, D.D., Mr. Clarence W. Bowen, Mr. Russell Sage, Judge Richard L. 
Larremore, and for corresponding members Hon. Geo. W. Schuyler, of Ithaca, and Tudae 
E. H. Durell, of Schoharie, N. Y. ^ 

At the regular meeting held March 12, 1886, President Wilson in the chair, the Libra- 
rian read a list of donations, including several important and valuable works. The 
Executive Committee, through Dr. Eliot, chairman, approved the nominations of Pro- 
fessor Theodore W. Dwight and General John Meredith Reed, and the President pro- 
posed as a corresponding member the name of Dr. Hermann Keussen, Jr. , of Cologne 
Germany. They were unanimously elected. Dr. Henry R. Stiles read a memorial 
sketch of Franklin B. Hough, the well-known author, who was a corresponding member 
of the Society. Dr. Ellsworth Eliot announced the death of S. Oakley Vanderpoel a 
resident member of the Society, who died in Washington, D. C, Friday morning March 
I2th, aged sixty-two. Dr. Vanderpoel was born at Kinderhook, Columbia County 
N. Y., February 12, 1824. His ancestors settled in that part of the State early in the 
seventeenth century. The meeting then adjourned. 

MoTT Family of New York. — The founder of this family, who married Jane Hu- 
let at the old Dutch Church, New York, July, 1647, was from Essex County, England. 
The Motts of Essex County, England, were an ancient family of prominence. John 
Mott owned estates at Shalford, 1375. Members of the family owned manors or estates 
at Barningham, Bocking, Braintree, and Shalford, but Shearne Hall was for a long time 
the seat of the main branch. In Herald's Visitation of Essex, 1634 (Harlem Soc. vol. 
xiii.), the arms, crest, and pedigree are given of Mark Mott, gent. He was son of 
Thomas Mott, gent, who was buried March 5, 1554. The names John, Mark, and 
Adrian are the most common names handed down in main line. Burke's " Landed Gentry " 
(vols, ii., iii., iv., and v.), gives pedigrees of Motts, as also does Morant's " History of 
Essex" (vol. ii). The arms of the Motts are thus described : " Sable, a crescent, argent." 
Crest : " An estoille of eight points, argent." By estoille is meant a star, and a fine 
representation of this crest — an eight-pointed star surmounting an ornamented crown is 
given in Fairbank's work on *' Crests and Arms of Nobility and Gentry. ' The motto of 
the family (given in Latin), signified "speed, strength, and truth united." The name 
Mott is of French origin, and was probably originally La Mott, which was a well known 
local name in Normandy, from whence came the Conqueror. The first of the Mott familv 
was probably among the followers of William, and in the course of a century or so this 
name La Mott, or De la Motte, became "naturalized " (as Lowe terms it) to Mott. 

American Historical Association. — The next Annual Meeting of the American 
Historical Association will be held in Washington, D. C, April 2Sth and 29th. Among 
other addresses, there will be one by the venerable President, George Bancroft, and an- 
other on Columbus, by General Wilson. The only Honorary Member of the Associa- 
tion is the venerable Professor Leopold Von Ranke, who, in his ninety-first year, con- 
tinues literary labors, with the single exception of Chaplain-General Gleig, and who' is his 
senior by several months, the oldest of living writers. Von Ranke's election was 
recently communicated to him from Washington, in the following beautiful letter : " My 


Notes and Queries. [Api 

Venerable Master atid Dear and Most Highly Honored Friend : We have had many 
historical societies in our several States. We have lately founded the American His- 
torical Association, which is to devote itself to the affairs of the United States of 
America. We wish for your benediction ; and for that end we ask you, and, as yet, 
you alone, to accept the proof of our reverence by consenting to become our honor- 
ary member. We have meant to make this a special homage to yourself as the greatest 
living historian. I add my personal request to the request of the society that you will 
o-ive us this mark of your regard. We thank Heaven that you approach your ninetieth 
year in the enjoyment of health. May you long continue to enjoy the ever-increasing 
proofs of the honor and affection in wiiich you are held by your fellow-men. Ever your 
very affectionate and devoted scholar and friend, George Bancroft." 

A Chinese Vanderbilt. — The richest man in the kingdom of China, and, perhaps, 
the richest in the wide world, has passed away during the present year. The Pa/l Mall 
Gazette says: " The Vanderbilt of China has just died and been buried. Not much is 
known in Europe of his life ; less of his death; but his burial is reported to have been 
most picturesque. His palace of Hang Chou was a miracle of luxury, and in creating 
this banker a provincial judge, and specially authorizing him to wear a yellow jacket, the 
Emperor of China made him the envy of all his other subjects. But the glory of his 
funeral seems to have surpassed the splendor of his life. The whole city turned out to 
see the procession. Nothing in Europe could parallel it. First came a mob of coolies 
weighted down with leaflets, on which were written moral sentences and apothegms. 
Then followed a procession of lantern-bearers, supported by a band of musicians with 
gongs, cymbals, and trumpets. It is hard to conceive anything less funereal. A liun- 
dred little boys came after the band (this was the only item in sympathy with Western 
experience) brandishing the arms (heraldic) of the diseased ; the boys were followed by 
the bearers of his portrait. Groups of guests next came in procession, some in white, 
some in scarlet, some in yellow ; then bearers of lamps, banners, parasols, and fans ; 
next the master of the ceremonies, in white robes, on a white horse, preceding an enor- 
mous tent, under which the relatives of the deceased moved entirely hidden from public 
view, and last the coffin, borne on the shoulders of twenty-four men." 

Sears and Smith. 

Pascal Nelson Smith, m Hester Sears, 

Thomas Hamilton, m. June 15, 1778, Mary Sears, 
Sarah Halstead, m. October 24, 1 780, John Sears, 

Pereyrine Bourdieu, m. June 21, 1785, Maria Sears ; 
all at Trinity Church, N. Y. 

Hester Sears was a daughter, and Mary, John, and Maria Sears were probably chil- 
dren of Isaac and Sarah (Drake) Sears, of New York. 

Isaac Sears, born about 1770, was at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., from 
Boston, in 1779 ; and his brother, Jasper Sears, born about 1772, was entered at the same 
time. Isaac Sears died in Washington, D. C, in February, 1795. Hester (Sears) Smith 

is mentioned in Griswold's "Republican Court." A daughter married Bryan, a 

lawyer of New York. Had issue ? 

Information is desired relative to either of the above and their families, and the 
address of any descendant of either will greatly oblige Samuel P. May, Newton, Mass. 

Drummond. — In the January number of The Record there is given a notice of 
Robert and Anne Drummond, of New York. There was also a Robert Drummond who 
settled in Monmouth County, N. J., previous to 1700. His will was dated February 6, 
1700, and proved September 8, 1710. He was of old Freehold Township, and his will 
names father James Drummond, merchant, of Prestonpans, Scotland ; brother John, 
uncle Gawin, sister Grissell, cousins Gawin, Robert, John, and Isabella Drummond, 
sons and daughters of uncle Gawin Drummond. The latter was appointed executor. In 
speaking of his father, he says : " Item.— I give and bequeath to my loving father, James 
Drummond, merchant, of Prestonpans, in Scotland, the sum of thirty pounds in silver 
money," etc. From this it would seem that the Monmouth Robert Drummond came 
from Prestonpans. I have found no mention of the cousin Robert in Monmouth 
records of deeds, wills, or court proceedings. Could he have been the Robert Drum- 
mond of New York? — Edwin Salter, Washington, D. C. 

DUYCKINCK. — I have for some time been r.t work on the descendants of Evert Duyck- 
ing and Hendrickji Simons, and have arrived at the following conclusions: Evert and 
Gerardus were brothers— the latter being mentioned in connection with supplying or 

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making the coats of arms on glass and placed in the windows of the old Dutch Church in 
Garden Street ; must have come to New York with his wife and their son Evert. Evert 
the younger married Cornelia Jacobs in 1680. Of them I can find no further trace. 
Evert, son of Evert and Hendrickji Simons, married Cornelia Toll, and died about or be- 
fore 1680. Their son Evert, who married Elsie Meyer (1704), was mentioned in Robert 
Sinclair's will as his wife's cousin Evert^ in connection with her brother Gerrit, and 
their sisters Belitji and Sijtie, and the children of Aeltie (who died about 1682). The 
Evert who married Aeltie Hardenbroeck was eldest son of Evert and Elsie Meyer who 
settled at Raritan Landing, N. J. Am I correct in the above conclusions ? — W. G. DuY- 
CKiNCK. P. O. Box 3796, New York. 

Schuyler. — In the Record for 1882, No. 4, vol. xiii., p. 157, under (60) David 
Pruyn, it is stated that David Pieterse Schuyler, and his brother Philip, were sons of 
Pieter Schuyler, or Schuylert, who was born in Cologne, in Germany, but who settled in 
Amsterdam, marrying there, before 1639, probably, Catharina Buyck, daughter of Cors 
Jansen Buyck. In the Record for July, 1884, vol. xv., p. 140, I state that, while my 
papers do not prove the parentage, I myself have no doubt of it. I wish here to state 
that it is possible I may be wrong in my belief, as Mr. George W. Schuyler, in "Colonial 
New York," vol. i., pp. 99-100, would seem to think. The whole question will bear 
investigation, and I hope that someone directly interested in the Schuyler family will look 
further into the matter. J. v. l. p. 

Columbus Statue. — Among the subscribers of one hundred dollars each to the 
statue of Columbus, to be erected in the Central Park, are Mr. John Jacob Astor, Gen. 
Jas. Grant Wilson, Mr. George W. Childs, Gen. John Meredith Read, Mr. D. Willis 
James, and Gen. Egbert L. Viele, M. C. Subscriptions of not less than one dollar will 
be received by the Treasurer of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 
Dr. George H. Butler, 64 Madison Ave.nue, New York. The July number of 
the Record will contain a complete list of subscribers to the statue. 

Family Memorials. — A series of genealogical and biographical monographs on the 
prominent families of the City and State of New York, illustrated with steel portraits, 
will appear regularly hereafter in The Record, and will include the Astor, Beekman, 
Clarkson, De Lancey, Hamilton, Morris, Jay, Pierrepont, Provoost, Schermerhorn, 
Schuyler, Stuyvesant, Van Rensselaer, Verplanck, Wadsworth, and Winthrop families. 
The Bayard, Pruyn, and other family memorials have already appeared in the previous 
volumes of The Record. 

An Ancient Journal. — The Edinburgh Courant^ the oldest newspaper in Scot- 
land, and the most respectable organ of Toryism in that northern kingdom, is dead. 
Founded in 1705, it could boast of having for one of its editors the greatest journalist of 
the eighteenth century, or for that matter of any century, Daniel Defoe. Among its 
eminent contributors of the present century were Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, 
and Professor John Wilson. J- G. w. 

Election of Officers. — At the last annual election of the New England Historic- 
Genealogical Society, the venerable Marshall P. Wilder, now in his eighty-eighth year, 
was re-elected president, being the nineteenth time he has been so honored. The Rev. 
Edmund F. Slafter was re-elected corresponding secretary ; David Greene Haskins, Jr., 
recording secretary; Benjamin B. Torrey, treasurer ; and John Ward Dean, librarian. 

Careless Printers. — In explanation of the variation in the color of the paper used 
in the January number of the Record, to which objections have very properly been 
made, the Publication Committee desire to say that it was entirely owing to the inexcus- 
able carelessness of the printers. Subscribers may be assured that no repetition of such 
blundering will be permitted to occur again. 

Continental Soldiers. — Information wanted concerning Captain Charles Par- 
sons, First Regiment ; Sergeant Richard Davis, Second Regiment ; Private Benjamin 
Epton, Second Regiment ; Captain Jonathan Titus, Fourth Regiment ; Matross William 
Gurtley, Regiment Artillery, New York Continentals. Davis and Titus were from 
Suffolk County; Gurtley was from Boston. F. e. h. 

Longevity. — An authentic and most remarkable instance of longevity is that of 
Mrs. R. B. Bodman, of Jefferson County, in this State, who, on Washington's birthday, 
Tuesday, February 22d, celebrated the completion of her one hundred and third year. 
She is a descendant of Henry Burt, the first of his race in the new world, who settled at 
Springfield, Mass., in 1640. 

112 Notes on Books. [April, 

No Ancestors. — The Duke of Somerset, surnamed the Proud Duke, and of whom 
it is related that he drove all through Europe without ever leaning back in his carriat^e, 
used to say, " that he pitied Adam because he had no Ancestors." 

CoNANT-CoRSON. — Genealogies of these families are now in preparation by Fred. 
Odell Conant, of Portland, Me., and Julia H. Corson, No. 21 Ray Street, Manchester, 
N. H. Information and subscriptions are solicited. 

HooGLAND. — The undersigned has in progress a genealogy of the Hoogland family, 
and would be glad to receive communications or memoranda relating thereto. — Daniel 
Hoogland Carpenter, 70 Clarkson Street, New York City. 

BoARDMAN. — The Rev. S. W. Boardman, of Stanhope, N. J., is collecting mate- 
rial for a genealogy of his family, and solicits correspondence on the subject. 


Records of the Descendants of Nathaniel Ely, the Emigrant, who settled first 
in Newtown, now Cambridge, Mass. ; was one of the first Settlers of Hartford, also 
of Norwalk, Conn., and a Resident of Springfield, Mass., from 1659 until his death 
in 1675. Compiled by Heman Ely, including material collected by Mrs. Amanda 
(Ely) Terry. Cleveland,©.: Short & Forman. 1885. 4to, pp. x., 515. Portraits. 

Truly, American genealogists have fallen upon "golden days." No longer misunder- 
stood and misrepresented as to the nature of their work ; no longer almost furtively issuing 
their scanty little pamphlets of family records; no longer apologizing for what must 
appear, outside of their own little circle, a waste of time and labor — they find themselves 
respected as the devotees of an acknowledged science ; their productions are "privately 
printed " in all the elegance (and even sumptuousness) of modern typographic art ; and 
their subscription lists, and a wide-spreading circle of imitators, prove that genealogy is 
accorded, at last, in American Society, its rightful place as a valuable and honorable 
study. This thought comes to us frequently nowadays as we turn the pages of the many 
splendid works of this class which are constantly being issued, and of which the Ely 
volume is the latest, and by no means the least in elegance and in value. 'We have had 
occasion to examine it with a purpose, and Hterally page by page, and we have found it 
to be an eminently satisfactory piece of genealogical work. Its system of notation and 
arrangement is perfectly clear and simple ; its personal and biographical detail thoroughly 
yet modestly presented; and from title-page to colophon the volume is pervaded with a 
delightful sense of pride, without pretence, in the records of an honorable ancestry.* 
Typographically, the volume is a gem in all that goes toward the making of a book, and 
our Eastern printers must look to their laurels if such books can be issued from Western 
establishments. The edition is limited to 520 copies, and the volume is illustrated with 
twenty portraits, fifteen of which are phototypes and the rest on steel — all of a high 
decree of excellence. Three full indexes afford all needed facilities for reference, and the 
following families (especially) will find themselves largely represented in the volume, viz. : 
Banister^ Brewer, Champion, Chapin, Day, Dill, Hubbard, Miller, Taylor, White, 
IVright, Wood. Price, in cloth, $7 ; in half morocco, $8, exclusive of express charges or 
postage. Address Heman Ely, Elyria, O. H. R. s. 

Dictionary of National Biography. Edited by Leslie Stephen. Vols. 1-5, 
Abbadie-Bottisham. New York: Macmillan & Co. ; London: Smith, Elder & Co., 
I 885-1 886. 8vo. 
This promises to be a most valuable addition to our stock of biographical references. 
It is, of course, eminently British in its scope, but none the less valuable for that to the 
American student and scholar. Each article is signed with the initials of its author, and 
the biographies are not only most carefully compiled, but written with a degree of elegance 
which is somewhat unusual in works of this class. The authorities referred to in each 
biography are fully presented at the close of the article, and evidently no pains have been 
spared to make it the standard national biographical " Court of Appeal" — and it com- 
pares, in all points of literary execution, with its foreign models, the German and Belgian 
Biographical Dictionaries. Its fulness, accuracy, and thoroughness, together with the 
elegant typographical form in which it is issued, will make it, without doubt, a general 
favorite. The price per volume of about 450 pages each (five being already issued) is 


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$3.25, and it will be completed in about fifty volumes, published at the rate of a volume 
every three months — thus bringing it easily within reach of even those who, though of 
limited means, are detertnified to surround themselves with the best of good books. Many 
a man spends upon newspapers and literary trash more than enough to make him the pos- 
sessor of this work, which is a library in itself, and would be a heritage of value to his 
children. The editor of this noble work is perhaps as well equipped for the very impor- 
tant undertaking as any of his English contemporaries. He has done much good literary 
Work that will live, including his recently published life of his friend, Henry Fawcett, the 
blind Postmaster-General and Member of Parliament. We take pleasure in adding that 
the first volume of a similar work, devoted exclusively to American Biography, edited by 
the President of the Genealogical and Biographical Society, will appear from the press of 
the Appletons early in the autumn. H. R. s. 

Memoir of Rt. Rev. James Hervey Otey, D.D., LL.D., The First Bishop of 
Tennessee. By Rt. Rev. William Mercer Green, D.D., Bishop of Missis- 
sippi. I vol. 8vo, pp. 359. New York: James Pott & Co. 1885. 

This loving and affectionate memoir of a noble frontier Bishop is from the pen of a 
venerable man now in his eighty-eighth year, who is the presiding Bishop of the Ameri- 
can Episcopal Church. The Oteys were Virginians, and the Bishop, on both sides of his 
family, came of good old English stock. He was baptized by his biographer, and soon 
after confirmed by Bishop Ravenscroft, of North Carolina. In 1S25 he received the 
diaconate, and two years later the office of priest, at the hands of the same eminent 
Bishop. He then went to Tennessee, of which diocese he was consecrated Bishop in 
1833. He also did much good work in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and through- 
out the Southwest was known as the " Good Bishop." Though strongly opposed to se- 
cession, Otey was persuaded to write his famous letter to Secretary Seward remonstrat- 
ing against coercive measures on the part of the Federal Government. The able reply 
to this communication changed the Bishop's views, who thenceforth became an advocate 
for the Union. The writer had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Otey at the 
General Convention of 1859, and of renewing it in the winter of 1862-63 while in com- 
mand of his cavalry regiment and stationed at Memphis. It was also his privilege to be 
of some service to the " Good Bishop" during his last months of sickness, and to see 
him laid in his long home. He died in his sixty-fourth year, and it was believed of 
a broken heart. Bishop Green has pictured his friend fairly : " Honest and generous, 
true to his great trust, grand in intellect but childlike in disposition, tender in heart but 
fearless in action, just to all men, and a faithful servant of God." 

The small portrait is unsatisfactory, but a more serious blemish in this otherwise at- 
tractive volume, is the absence of an index. j. G. w. 

Genealogical Memoranda. — Snively, a.d. 1659 — a.d. 1882. Compiled and Ar- 
ranged by (Rev.) William Andrew Snively (S.T.D.), Brooklyn, N. Y. Printed for 
Private Circulation. Small 4to, 77 pages. 
Under this modest title, and in a typographical setting of elegant simplicity, Dr. 
Snively has preserved the records of the descendants of JoHANN Jacob Schnebele, who 
was born in Switzerland in 1659, came to America in 1714, to escape religious persecu- 
tion, and settled in Lancaster County, Penn. The original orthography of the name 
Schnebele was changed, in the third generation, to Snaively, Suavely, and Suaivele ; 
being spelled Schnebly in Maryland, also as Scfmabel. The genealogy does not assume 
to be an exhaustive one, and is entirely lacking in biographical detail ; yet it evinces much 
labor, and a conscientious desire to secure accuracy of fact. So far as it goes, it is well 
done. The author gives exclusive credit for the record of the first three generations to 
Joseph Snively, "whose publication of a Genealogical Register, about twenty years ago, 
saved many of the older data from oblivion, and suggested the present efTort to bring the 
Family Record down to a more recent date." H. R. s. 

Marlborough. By George Saintsbury. No. 2, English Worthies. Edited by An- 
drew Lang, i vol. i8mo. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1886. 
This second volume of the English Worthies Series is an improvement on the first. It 
supplies a long-felt want of a kind that Southey supplied when he wrote his popular life 
of Lord Nelson. In this judicious memoir of the hero of Blenheim and Malplaquet, 
Saintsbury successfully refutes many of the serious charges brought against him by the 
brilliant Macaulay and other writers, showing that Marlborough, while by no means a per- 
fect character, was far from being the reprobate that he has been represented. It is a 
model miniature memoir. J. G. w. 

J j^ Donations to the Library. [April, 

The Wilderness Road. A Description of the Routes of Travel by which the Pio- 
neers and Early Settlers first came to Kentucky. By Thomas Speed. Louisville: 
Printed for the Tilson Club. 1886. 
This handsome quarto is the second of the series issued by the Tilson Club, a Ken- 
tucky organization which is doing a creditable work in rescuing from oblivion valuable 
material pertaining to the history of that State. A few copies are offered for sale by John 
P. Morton & Co., of Louisville, printers to the club. j. g. w. 

The Forum. Vol. i.. No. i, March, 1886. Edited by Lorettus S. Metcalf. New 
York : The Forum Publishing Co. 
This new candidate for popular favor is, perhaps, the best first number of any Amer- 
ican periodical that has fallen under our notice. It appears to be a rival to the North 
American Review, but there is an ample field for both monthlies. j. g. w. 


From Robert Clark & Co. The Marshall Family. By W. M. Paxton. 8vo, Cin- 
cinnati, 1885. 
" New Jersey Historical Society. New Jersey Archives, First Series, Vol. 

ix. , 1757-1767. Edited by Frederick W. Ricord and William Nelson. 8vo. 

Newark. N. J., 1885. 
'« A. A. Vorsterman Van Oyen. Algemein Nederlandsch Familieblad. 4to. 

Hague, 1885. 
" The Vestry, per G. E. Manigault, M.D. , Chairman of the Vestry. Annals 

and Registers of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina. By Robert 

F. Clute, Rector. 8vo. Charleston, 1884. 
«' John A. Weekes, Genealogy of the Family of George Weeks, of Dorchester, 

Mass., 1 635- 1 650. By Robert D. Weekes. 8vo. Newark, 1885. 
" W. C. Sharpe. History of Oxford, Conn. Part I., Church Records, Births, 

Marriages, and Deaths, etc. By W. C. Sharpe. 8vo. Seymour, Conn., 1885. 
'* Wm. H. Lee. Lee Family Gathering, August 5 and 6, 1884. By Wm. Wallace 

Lee. 8vo. Meriden, Conn., 1885. 
" Gen. Jas. Grant Wilson. Eight Journals of Conventions of the Episcopal 

Church, Diocese of New York, 1879-1885. 8vo. New York. Memoir of 

Brigadier-General Anthony Walton White, of the Continental Army. By Anna 

M. W. Woodhull. 8vo. 1882. Fifty-sixth Annual Report of the Cincinnati 

Schools, for the year ending August 31, 1885. 8vo. Cincinnati, 1885. 
" H. A. Homes. Report of the Commissioners on the Correct Arms of the State 

of New York. With Appendix : Letter of H. A. Homes to the Commissioners. 

8vo. Albany, 1881. Second Paper on the Correct Arms of the State of New 

York, as Established by Law since March 16, 1778. By Henry A. Homes, 

LL.D. Svo. Albany, 1882. 
*' The Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, of Philadelphia. Report of 

the Proceedings of the Society for 1885. Svo. Philadelphia, 1886. 
" Lieut. A. D. Schenck, U. S. A. Register of the Army of the United States 

for January, 1885. 8vo. 
" Bureau of Education. Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education. 

Nos. 3 and 4, 1885. Svo. Washington, 1885. Report of the Commissioner of 

Education, 1883-84. Svo. Washington, 1885. 
" Lieut. A. D. Schenck. Arnold's Campaign, 1775. By John Joseph Henry. 

i2mo. Albany, N. Y., 1877. 
" General C. W. Darling. Transactions of the Oneida Historical Society, 

Utica, N. Y., i88i. Svo. Utica, N. Y., 1881. 
" A. D. Weld French. The Williams Family and their Heraldry. By A. D. 

Weld French. Svo. Boston, 1886, 
" N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. Transactions of the N. E. Historic- 
Genealogical Society at the Annual Meeting, January, 1886. Svo. Boston, 

" Mrs. D. P. HoLTON. Manuscripts. Transcripts Births, Marriages, and Deaths 

from the Records of Springfield, Wilbraham, Ludlow, and Somers, Mass., and 

Durham, Conn. 
" H. B. Stanton. Random Recollections. By Henry B. Stanton. Svo. New 

York, 18S6. 

1 886.] Obituary. II5 

From John J. Latting. Portrait of Chancellor Kent and Pedigree of Arnold. 

" Hon. Wm. M. Evarts. Descriptive Catalogue of Government Publications, 
1774-1881. Compiled by Ben P. Poore. 410. Washington, 1885. 

" Henry R. Stiles, M.D. History of Suffolk County, N. Y. 410. New York, 
1882. The Civil, Political, Professional and Ecclesiastical History and Com- 
mercial and Industrial Record of the County of Kings, and the City of Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., from 1683 to 18S4. By Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D., Editor-in- 
chief, assisted by Mr. L. B. Proctor, and L. P. Brockett, M.D. With Biog- 
raphies, Portraits, and Illustrations. Large 4to, 1,408 pp. New York : W. 
W. Munsell & Co. 

" Dr. N. S. Davis. Contributions to the History of Medical Education and Medi- 
cal Institutions in the United States Army. Special Report. Prepared for the 
United States Bureau of Education. By N. S. Davis, A.M., M.D. 8vo. 
Washington, 1S77. 


I^ING. Mr. William Henry King died at his residence, Yonker?, Westchester 

County, N. Y., on Saturday, November 28, 1885. He was a descendant of Mr. Will- 
iam' Kinge, of'Salem, Mass. (Ante, vol. xiv., p. 50), in the line of SamueP ; Samuel", 
jr. • Ensign John'* ; John-\ jr. ; Rufus" ; Rufus Sylvester', all of whom were residents of 
the'town of Southold, Suffolk County, N. Y., where they were prosperous land owners, 
and upright and useful members of the community. 

Mr. William H. King's mother was Phoebe, daughter of the Hon. Abraham Odell, 
of Greenburgh, Westchester County, N. Y., whose wife was Anne, daughter of Cornelius 
Mandeville, Esq., of Peekskill, N. Y. Mr. Odell was a representative of Westchester 
County in the New York State Assembly for nine years, 1801-5 and 1807-10. He was 
a brother of Colonel John Odell, whose descent from Mr. William Odell, of Concord, 
Mass., has already been given (Ante, p. 58). 

Mr. William H. King received a careful business training with the well-known firm of 
Newbold & Cruft, merchants, of New York City. In 1859 he became a junior partner in 
the firm of Prosper P. Shaw & Co. The same year he married Mary Renshaw, daughter 
of Sylvester T. Kellogg, Esq., of Yonkers, N. Y. In i860 Mr. King was engaged in 
business as a member of the firm of Shaw, Degraw & King. His health failing soon af- 
ter, he retired from active pursuits, and removed to Yonkers, where he resided until the 
time of his death. His interest in the prosperity of that place was great, and he was not 
inactive in endeavoring to be useful in many ways. He was for several years President of 
the Palisade Boat Club, an officer of the Yonkers Lyceum, and manager of Saint John's 
Hospital. Special meetings of those institutions were held at the time of Mr. King's 
death, and resolutions were published in the local papers* testifying to the loss they had 
sustained. Mr. King, in his church connection, was an Episcopalian. Funeral services 
were held at St. Paul's Church, Yonkers, on Tuesday, December ist, and the interment 
was in the family vault in St. John's Cemetery, in that place. Mr. King's wife survives 
him, together with an only child, Mary Louisa; he also leaves a brother, Rufus King, and 
a sister, Sarah A., widow of Samuel Shaw, Esq., all residing at Yonkers, N. Y. 

Mr. King had greatly endeared himself to his many friends by his unifonn courtesy 
and readiness to be of service whenever it lay in his power, and his death has caused a 
sorrow as widespread as it is heartfelt. K. 

Leveridge. — John Leveridge, the oldest lawyer in this city, and probably our oldest 
native citizen, died of old age, at his residence 141 E. Forty-Fifth Street, February 17, 

Cambridge, Eng., and in the Newtown, L. I. records) minister at several places in Massa- 
chusetts and on Long Island, the last being at Newtown, was the ancestor from whom 
Mr. Leveridge claimed descent, through Caleb,- John,'^ Benjamin,-" Caleb,' of New York, 
and Jolin,*' his father. 

Joseph Seely is mentioned as one of the teachers whose school he attended. He dis- 
tinctly remembered the funeral procession here in honor of General Washington, which 
with an elder sister, he viewed as it passed the corner of Broadway and Vesey Street. In 
181 1 he was admitted to the bar, having studied law with John W. Mulligan, some time 
* Yonkers Statesman, November 30 and December 25, 1S85, and January i, 1886 ; Yonkers Gazette, De- 
cember 5, 1885. 

jj5 Obituary. [April, 1886. 

private secretary to Baron Steuben. In the War of 181 2 he served as a private, and 
had a pension during the later years of his life for this service. For many years he lived 
and had an office in Cherry Street, at one period a favorite place with leading lawyers. 
He held the position of Judge of the Seventh and Tenth Wards Court. During the may- 
oralty of James Harper he was Corporation Counsel. He was one of tlie founders of 
the St. Nicholas Society, and of the Public School Society. A firm believer in the doc- 
trines of the Presbyterian Church, he long held the office of Elder in the Rutgers Street 
Presbyterian Church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Brick Church, 
corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-Seventh Street, where a large number of old New 
Yorkers, many of them remarkable for their venerable appearance, like himself, met at 
his funeral to pay their last respects to a comrade, adviser, and friend. He was buried 
at Greenwood Cemetery. 

Mr. Leveridge married. May 4, 1816, Adeline Matilda, daughter of William Creemer, 
of Woodbridge, N. J. She was born February 28, 1797. His second wife was Mary 
Jane, daughter of John Poillon of this city. Eight children survive. E. E. 

RoDGERS. — A short time ago it was said by one who knew him well, that "when 
Alexander Robertson Rodgers should be called to the reward of his long, pure, and hon- 
orable life New York would have lost its most consummate gentleman." That summons 
came at his home, 414 Madison Avenue, at half-past five on Thursday afternoon, Decem- 
ber 31, 18S5, and his remains were deposited a few days later in the vault of his grand- 
father the Rev. John Rodgers, D.D. (the first American Doctor of Divinity), of the 
Revolutionary army — friend and chaplain of Washington, one of the original members 
of the Society of the Cincinnati, and pastor, first, of the Wall Street Presbyterian Church, 
and afterward of its offspring, known over the United States as " The Brick Church," 
which was transplanted to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Thirty-seventh Street. He 
there rejoined also his father. Dr. John R. Bayard Rodgers, long distinguished in the 
medical profession in this city, who died in 1833 ; and also his elder brother, the physician. 
Dr. John Kearny Rodgers, who died in 1851. Mr. Rodgers' mother was the daughter 
of Alexander Robertson, one of the leading merchants of his time ; and his grandmother, 
the first wife of the old Doctor of Divinity, was Elizabeth Bayard, daughter of the well- 
known Colonel Peter Bayard, of Bohemia Manor, Maryland. He was born in this city, 
and was educated at Princeton, graduated in 1825, studied law with Peter Augustus Jay, 
and was admitted to the bar in 1828, but soon went abroad. In Paris he witnessed the 
" three days" of 1830; in Vienna he had extraordinary social advantages, through the 
introductions of the Austrian minister. Baron Lederer, and the celebrated traveller, Signor 
Beltrami. He made a tour in Italy and Sicily with two bright young men, one of whom 
became the celebrated Dean Trench, now Archbishop of Dublin. In 1831 he married 
Miss Mary Ridgely Darden, of Maryland, who survives him, as do their eight children — 
two sons and six daughters. Being a man of fortune, and of literary tastes, he did not at 
once enter on the practice of the law, but lived in Westchester until they removed to 
Fishkill, where he was building a new home when his fortune crumbled to the ground in 
the great crash of 1837, after which he came to the city to work at his profession. Mr. 
Rodders was a man of elegant culture, a good Greek and Latin sch.olar, a " gentleman of 
the old school," yet keeping up with the times ; witty, genial, and most kindly; respected 
and admired by hosts of friends. It is doubted whether he ever spoke an unkind word 
to a human being; he certainly never did an unkind act. From early manhood a mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church, his piety was sincere and unaffected. He was jealous but 
never uncharitable, an old whig and modern republican, his political convictions were 
firm thou<di he never took any active part in the politics of the day. His eldest son re- 
cently returned from a visit to Europe, where he received a cordial welcome from Arch- 
bishop Trench, who sent his last volume of poems to his "dear friend and fellow-travel- 
ler," with the following passage marked to recall their Sicilian tour : 
" As I remember when long years ago. 

With the companions of my youth I rode 

'Mid Sicily's holm oaks and pastoral dells, 

All in the flowery spring, through fields of thyme, 

Fields of all flowers— no lovelier Euna knew — 

There came to us long after, blown from these, 

Rich odors thnt pursued us many a mile. 

Embalming all the air : so rode we on, 

Though we had changed our verdant meadow-paths' 

For steep, rough tracks up dusty river-beds, 

Yet haunted by that odorous fragrance still." O. 

^^</^^^ ^^/f^ti^t^ 


Vol. XVII. NEW YORK, JULY, i886. No. 3. 


By Edward Tren^us Stevenson. 

(Paper read before the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, February 12, 1886.) 
(IFitha Portrait.) 

Mr. President, and Ladies and Gentlemen : 

The informal nature of the paper which the courtesy of the Society 
permits my offering this evening may be more distinctly expressed by the 
title " Notes on Some Members of the Prime Family in America." 
Genealogy is, at best, an arid topic, more tolerable as matter of record 
than discourse. It has been affirmed that the worst of bores is the man 
who wants to talk about himself when you want to talk about yourself. 
Perhaps the arch-bore is he who would fain tell you all about his grand- 
fathers just when you have a strong itch to tell him about yours. Most 
of us, older or younger, keenly recollect turning with relief past those curi- 
ous chapters of the Scriptures the burden of which seemed to be merely 
that So-and-So begat So-and-So, and he, in his turn, such a one — glad that 
the task for the day's committing did not include precisely that sort of 
Biblical information. Although the Prime lineage does not definitely 
chronicle as long a generation as some ancient Hebrew householder, nor 
as notable a line of American ancestry as numerous other Middle States 
and New England families, it can, nevertheless, point to one of more than 
creditable antiquity, and of so honorable and interesting a growth that cer- 
tain details must always be a matter of pride to descendants. Some of 
them, at least, can feel no deeper gratification in anything answering to the 
question, " Who were our grandfathers and great-grandfathers ? " than the 
remembrance of their intimate connection with the early literary, ecclesias- 
tical, and Revolutionary history of our country. When we look about us 
to-day, and are mindful of the change since the time, comparatively re- 
cent, when it was sneeringly reiterated, " Who reads an American book ? " 
and was doubtless often also asked, " Who are the American preachers ? " 
it is a grateful thought that an ancestor has promoted the advance of truth, 
learning, and patriotism in our new world. In place, then, of devoting 
this evening to the dry bones of genealogy, let us direct our attention to 

ipS Four Primes. [Ji^lyj 

four men in the Prime family, who have done good and interesting work in 
the land and passed away, and to whose memorials attaches a certain gen- 
eral interest. 

Tradition has asserted that three brothers — once more, ladies and gen- 
tlemen, those ever-recurring " three brothers," to which so many Ameri- 
can lines are hazily reverted — three brothers named Prime, of an excellent 
English family, left Liverpool, England, about 1650, and settled themselves 
in Massachusetts. Only one of the three, Mark, remained in Massachu- 
setts. He located himself in Rowley, in that State ; and from this Mark 
descended that branch of the Primes known to us as *' the Massachusetts 
Primes," or " Rowley Primes," subsequently represented in this city by 
Nathaniel Prime, founder of the old banking-house of Prime, Ward & 
King.* The second brother concluded he could better himself by going 
southward ; so he presently sailed for the then far-away Carolinas, and 
with his departure traces of him are lost, James Prime, not improbably 
the eldest of the trio, soon quit Massachusetts, in turn, for Connecticut ; 
became a wealthy and influential citizen of the town of Milford, in that 
State (which the traveller passes to-day as the train draws near to the city 
of Bridgeport), and he is identified with Milford's early annals. To an 
eldest son, also a James, and to Sarah, his wife, was born July 21, 1700 
(Old Style), Ebenezer Prime, one of several children. With him we may 
appropriately first concern ourselves to-night. 

Of the boyhood of Ebenezer Prime, scant information has come down 
to his descendants. The Revolutionary War scattered or destroyed his 
papers and memoranda. But, as a lad, we can think of him as already 
manifesting his taste for study and polite literature, and exhibiting generally 
what used to be quaintly termed " a serious habit of mind." His schooling 
at an end, and his resolution to enter the Presbyterian ministry taken, he 
matriculated at the near college of Yale, in 1714. He was then only four- 
teen. He graduated at nineteen ; thus setting an example of early com- 
pleting a college course which became something of a family characteris- 
tic. He was ordained in 1723, and as the pastor of the parish of 
Huntington, L. I. (just across the blue Sound from his boyhood's home), 
he succeeded to the Rev. Dr. Eliphalet Nott, another of our historical 
American clergymen. 

Perhaps we could not find a more typical life of a country parson — de- 
vout, zealous, industrious, and prudent, day and night — than Ebenezer 
Prime's became. It was long before there were murmurs of a revolution- 
ary struggle. Peaceful colonial life was agitated only by wars or rumors of 
wars farther north, with the Indians or the French. News travelled slowly 
— when it travelled at all. A large and scattered parish, such as was 
Huntington, including in its limits Cold Spring, Red Hook, Babylon — 
then giving small hint of future fashionableness — and half a dozen other 
settlements, became Mr. Prime's care. A man of striking personnel, an 
accomplished theologian and classical scholar, and with original literary 
talent disciplined into a vigorous style which natural oratorical gifts illus- 
trated, he speedily attained recognition beyond Eong Island limits, and the 
rumor went about adjacent colonies that, hidden away in Huntington was 
a learned as well as excellent man. Temporarily and spiritually, Parson 
Prime became a power in the district. Keenly interested in colonial 
affairs, he directed the thought, political as well as religious, of the neigh- 

* To-day (under another name) doing business in this city. 

i886.J Four Primes. I on 

borhood. In those days, too, the minister stood hourly up before his peo- 
ple, in Long Island as well as in Puritan communities, as the man — the 
visible representative of whatsoever was best and most to be patterned 
after. By his gravity of demeanor, his singleness of life, his careful behav- 
ior, he had to maintain that old and popular notion of his calling which — 
it is to be regretted — has sensibly mitigated in many respects to-day. And 
endless were the calls to be made, usually on horseback (when one can 
see in his mind's eye the dignified rider, erect in his saddle, absorbed in 
working out the seventh, or seventeenth, or twenty-seventh head of his 
next Sabbath's discourse — for the sermons of those days were veritable 
hydras in one respect). Incessant must have been the counsels, diplo- 
matic and secular, to be given, peace to be kept in the parish, nice differ- 
ences to be equipoised between man and man, who came to their minister 
for arbitration as unto an incorruptible judge. The pulpit was to be filled 
twice or thrice of a Sunday, or a fast-day, with dignity and sonority ; and 
the sort of preaching relished at that time possessed a good deal of 
specific gravity. And we may be reminded in this connection, that the 
high-minded country divine of seventeen-hundred-odd might busy himself 
with private searchings into the strict orthodoxy of this or that article of 
faith, and strive in new and untried ways to find out his God more clearly : 
but if he did so strive, his calm hearers were not made his confidants, nor 
their established faith unsettled by every idle wind, such as frequently rends 
modern congregations into factions and sunders them apart, leaving them, 
after all, with only wind in their ears. It is scarcely necessary to remark, 
by the by, that the rural parson of the period received more deference than 
tithes, and that his esteem among his people, and the salary they paid him, 
would have made no sort of an equation according to ideas of our time. 
We have heard a good deal about that very mysterious clerical convenience, 
" the sermon-barrel," which each industrious pastor is supposed to fill, 
little by little ; on special occasions ransack, and, after he has reached a 
legitimate age, overturn. The " sermon-barrel " of Rev. Ebenezer Prime 
would have been a well-furnished receptacle ; for we hear of his writing no 
less than three thousand distinct discourses, the majority of them well on 
toward an hour or so in length, and finished vvith an elegance that illus- 
trated his peculiar gifts. Some of them were printed and are extant as 
•witnesses to their acceptability. 

But it was with the closing years of Ebenezer Prime's life in Hunting- 
ton, and when the great national outbreaking waxed more and more inev- 
itable and finally came to pass, that he stands out as a patriot and an 
enthusiastic promoter of revolutionary zeal. His only son had returned 
from foreign parts to the village ; and, as we shall presently further set 
forth, was himself on fire with the war spirit. Parson Prime, of Hunting- 
ton, old as he had grown, was among those American ministers who rec- 
ognized the depth and breadth of the crisis, and the fact that the Gospel 
was not always to be the Gospel of Peace. He preached ; he exhorted ; 
he wrote, printed and circulated ; and enjoined resistance with all the force 
of his tongue and his pen. We can hear his sturdy voice answering to the 
question if the sword of the Lord was lifted against British oppression, 
" Strike, my brethren ! Surely Jehovah is on the side of the Colonies ! " 
And thus the young and the elderly men of Huntington got into their 
hastily-sewn uniforms and tramped asvay, feeling sure that old Parson 
Prime prayed for every man of them in his quiet church on Sunday, and 

200 Four Primes. [J'-i^y? 

thought of them, sitting by his desk in his still study. No wonder that 
before long the minister's name became a stench in the nostrils of the 
British invaders and Tories. Not a few leaders, stationed round about, 
swore that they would be revenged on him for his courage if ever theiy got 
the chance. And they got it ; and the patriotic old preacher suffered for 
his burning words. Long Island was invested ; Huntington was occu- 
pied. The minister, his son, and their households had to fly at once, cast- 
ing their silver* and valuables into a well for security. The troopers gut- 
ted and devastated the church and the parsonage, turning the house into a 
barracks, smashing and burning effects, destroying the parson's library and 
papersin wanton malice, and hacking up the very pews in the old church for 
firewood. In further instance of the rooted hatred of the soldiery toward 
the preacher and his kin, when, toward the conclusion of the war, Hunt- 
ington was once more occupied by the British, Colonel Thompson (better 
known by his Bavarian title of Count Rumford) directed the special fury of 
his detachment once more against the parsonage and even its late pastor 
— for Ebenezer Prime was dead and lay buried in the churchyard there. 
Under Thompson, the house was again sacked, the church converted into 
a stable ; all that came to hand burned or spoiled, day in and day out ; and 
the Colonel himself ordered that his own tent should be pitched where, as 
he expressed it, he " could never walk in or out of it without treading on 
the head of that damned old rebel, Ebenezer Prime." f 

So much for the bravery of a godly and courageous man. The later 
years of his life were sadly unsettled ; and he died before the end of the 
contest, an exile from his beloved Huntington, and with the dawn of his 
country's independence hardly abreak, its peace, for which he so prayed, 
an uncertainty. His body was borne to Huntington, as he had requested ; 
and there the curious visitor may to-day see the well-preserved resting-place 
of a pre-Revolutionary and Revolutionary minister, described by one of his 
biographers as " a man of sterling character, of powerful intellect, an able 
and faithful divine" — and certainly one to whom his descendants proudly 
allude as the "rebel" and the patriotic Christian. 

The life of a son, more distinguished than his father, next engages our 
attention. It offers even more definitely interesting matter, as well as a 
fine instance of inherited tastes and talents. Thanks to Duyckinck and 
Griswold and others, as well as the bookshelves of collectors, the reliques 
of Dr. Benjamin Young Prime's literary and patriotic life, in their orig- 
inal shape, put us in possession of much that stamps him from among the 
men of his day. Although a layman, he was a still more influential and 
ardent patriot of his State than his father, and more intimately connected 
with the beginnings of our literary history. 

Benjamin Young Prime was born in the old Huntington parsonage on 
December 20, 1733 ; forty-three years before the Revolution. After a 
careful preparation he entered the College of New Jersey — then situated 
at Newark — and thence graduated in 1751, with honor. He had early de- 
cided on the profession of medicine ; and after serving in his college for a 
time as an officer and instructor, he decided upon pursuing his medical 
studies in Europe. He sailed for the Continent accordingly, and was soon 
hard at work. 

* A tankard {belonging to his daughter-in-law) so hid, stands beside the writer's portfolio in his study. 
t The cemetery was selected by the troops as their camping-ground ; and the verj' grave-stones were 
used by them in bake-ovens. 

i886,] Four Primes. 20I 

Professional training in Europe was a piivilege decidedly rare in that 
day. Indeed, as late as 1791, we are told that " the man who had crossed 
the ocean and seen the sights and manners of the Old Country, was apt to 
be pointed out as a notably travelled person." And recollecting that it 
was a determination to make a really skilful practitioner out of himself by 
his foreign courses, one cannot but wonder at the difference between the 
advantages of young doctors before the Revolution and those ordinarily the 
students' in our time. It may be said, in fact, tliat all was disadvantage, ex- 
cept to such as were lucky enough to live in the largest cities. ''There 
were," says one of our historians, " but two medical schools in the coun- 
try ; nor were they, by reason of the expense and dangers of travelling, by 
any means well attended." The young student had to scratch together his 
learning as best he could, while pounding up triturations, rolling pills, 
shaking up black-draughts, leaving ph)sic here and there throughout the 
town, and rinsing beakers and bottles. Practical anatomy was nearly out 
of the question. Dissection ? Bless our progenitors' hearts ! That was 
deemed work for ghouls, not doctors, nor any other decent folk ; and it had 
to be exercised in strictest secrecy, so rabid was the prejudice. In short, 
a young physician in the American Colonies, circum 1760-70, had to feel 
his way in semi-darkness to assisting his fellow-mortals in or out of the 
world ; and his experienced practice was more like the having learned to 
walk in that darkness than really seeing the way before him. 

Benjamin Prime was a diligent student at lectures and in hospital 
practice in Edinburgh, London, Paris, and Leyden — graduating at Leyden's 
great university in 1 763. His brilliant parts and attractive presence in- 
troduced him into choice social circles abroad. After a stay of some years 
he returned to the Colonies, and to residing (for the most part of the 
time) in the quiet comfort of his Long Island home, a singularly accom- 
plished physician and surgeon, and possessed of a particularly complete 
library and working apparatus. A propos of this, we may smile in con- 
sidering the specialism of our epoch, contrasted with the confidence of the 
doctor of a century ago, who had to represent in his single-self so many 
functions — to diagnose and dose, play the dentist (usually employing that 
remorseless contrivance, the turn-key), to set limbs or remove them with- 
out thought of any anaesthetic, to mix and pound with his own hand almost 
every nauseous compound that he believed so sovereign ; and, above all 
things, to be ever ready to administer calomel or bleed the luckless 
patient, as the most natural remedy for all the ills that flesh is heir to. 
This was the awful course of procedure, the kind of " doctoring " with- 
out which it would seem that some of our fond ancestors might have been 
living to-day. It is no wonder that they are not. 

But Benjamin Young Prime had better work cut out for him than cup- 
ping patients. His influence was to extend quite beyond a corner of Long 
Island, and his ministrations not to be confined to those of the body. 
He and his father, Ebenezer, must have been a congenial pair in their 
passion for literature and tlieir political sentiments. Benjamin had come 
home having already put together a good deal of rhyme and reason, con- 
versant with six languages and writing fluently French, German, and 
Spanish, as well as classical tongues. When the war began he caught 
all of his venerable father's enthusiasm, and, unable to quit the household, 
he broke out into stirringly patriotic verses which spread from place to 
place and, ere long, gave huii a wide if evanescent fame. His songs and 


Four Primes. 


ballads inflamed the regiments that marched to Princeton and to Stillwater ; 
circulated in " broadsides ; " his battle-lyrics passed from hand to hand 
and became hummed and chorused by his brethren as they paced up and 
down, with their muskets upon their shoulders, before the rude huts at Val- 
ley Forge, or made the mess-room ring with defiant jollity after some suc- 
cessful skirmish at Yorktown. The best of them have kept their place in 
collections to-day, and can be perused by those interested. In the year 
1764, he had published at London a book of verse, " The Patriot Muse ; 
or Poems on Some of the Principal Events of the Late [Provincial] War." 

In 1791 his second collection, "Columbia's Glory; or, British Pride 
Humbled," appeared. Some years after his death a limited selection of 
his patriotic, elegiac, and other poetry, translations, and paraphrases in 
several languages, was edited by his son. Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Scudder 
Prime. As Rufus Griswold observes, almost their entire contents is to be 
distinguished for unusual taste and care, his Greek and Latin hexame^ 
ters and sapphics elegantly turned, and his poems in the vernacular char- 
acterized by strength and sentiment. A contemporary with Royal Tyler, 
Philip Freneau, and Francis Hopkinson, and antedating by a few years 
the famous author of "The Columbiad," Benjamin Young Prime merits his 
inclusion in their company that various critics have given him. 

I shall take from among his poems only two — one the famous " Song 
For the Sons of Liberty in New York," which a commentator declares " su- 
perior to any patriotic lyric at that time written in this country," and a 
thing that certainly has the true ring of animated patriotism ; and the sec- 
ond, a little satire directed at an English officer who, during the last 
French and Indian War, had found his bravery unequal to his responsibili- 
ties, and contrived to be ordered home. 

A Song for the "Soins of Liberty in New York: 
OF THE Stamp Act. 

Composed at the Time 

In story we're told 

How our fathers of old 

Brav'd the rage of the wind and the waves 

And crossed the deep, o'er 

To this desolate shore, 

All because they were loath to be slaves — 

Brave boys, 
All because they were loath to be slaves ! 

Yet a strange scheme, of late. 
Has been formed in the State 
By a lot of political knaves 
Who, in secret, rejoice 
That the Parliament's voice 
Has resolved that we all shall be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

But if we should obey 

This vile statute, the way 

To more base future slavery paves ; 

Nor, in spite of our pain, 

Must we ever complain 

If we tamely submit to be slaves ! 

Brave boys, etc. I 

Counteract then, we must, 
A decree so unjust. 

Which our wise constitution depraves ; 
And all Nature conspires 
To approve our desires, 
For she cautions us not to be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

As the sun's lucid ray 
To all nations gives day, 
And a world from obscurity saves, 
So all happy and free 
George's subjects should be, 
Then Americans must not be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

Heaven, only, controls 
The great deep, as it rolls, 
And the tide which our continent 
Emphatical, roars 
This advice to our shores, 
O, Americans, never be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 



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Hark ! the wind as it flies, 
Though o'erruled by the skies, 
While it each meaner obstacle braves 
Seems to say, " Be like me, 
Always loyally free, 
But, ah, never consent to lie slaves ! " 
Brave boys, etc. 

To our monarch, we know 
Due allegiance \Ve owe. 
Who the sceptre so rightfully waves ; 
But no sov'reign we own 
But the king on the throne. 
And cannot, to subjects, be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

Though fools stupidly tell 
That we mean to rebel. 
Yet all each American craves 
Is but to be free, 
As we surely must be, 
For we never were born to be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

But whoever, in spite 

At American right, 

Like insolent Haman behaves, 

Or would wish to grow great 
On the spoils of the State, 
May he and his children be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

Though against the repeal, 
With intemperate zeal 
Proud Granville so brutishly raves, 
Yet our conduct shall show, 
And our enemies know 
That Americans scorn to be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

With the beasts of the wood 
We will ramble for food ! 
We will lodge in the deserts and caves. 
And live poor as Job, 
On the skirts of the globe, 
Before we'll submit to be slaves ! 
Brave boys, etc. 

The birthright we hold. 

Shall never be sold, 

But sacred maintained to our graves ; 

And before we'll comply, 

We will gallantly die. 

For we must not, we will not, be slaves ! 

Brave boys ! 
For we must not, we will not, be slaves ! 

The last two verses of this ballad are eminently spirited, and the lyric 
quality is decided throughout. 

And now for the satirical skit mentioned : 

To A Certain Brave Officer, just returned from the Campaign, 'iiysg. 
(Extempore.) N. B.: The i)idividiial addressed zoas a Notorious Braggadocio, and, 
withal, a finished Dandy, wearing his hair highly dressed and tucked up with a comb. 
His better-half zvas a perfect contrast to her spouse. * 

Hah ! Captain Queue ! What, is it you? 
And may I squeeze your thumb, sir ? 
Yes — on my word ! — I see your sword ; 
Well, you are welcome home, sir. 

From summer's heat, from toil and sweat, 
Borne (for a trifling sum), sir. 
To peaceful rest — in your own nest, 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From northern snows, which Boreas blows, 
That make one's fingers numb, sir. 
To the bright spires of winter fires 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From tents in camp, so cold and damp, 
To your convenient dome, sir. 
Safe from the storm — so dry and warm. 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

* Ah, Doctor Prime ! That sly fling was truly ungallant ! 

204 Four Primes. [July, 

From the bleak coasts where northern gusts 
Make wild Ontario foam, sir, 
To Nassau's shores, where ocean roars, 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From war's dread noise — the cannon's voice, 
And daily beat of drums, sir, 
To the shrill notes of female throats, 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From savage blades, whose painted heads 
Appear so dreadful glum, sir, 
To the soft looks of civil folks, 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From war's alarms, from fatal harms. 
From powder, bullets, bombs, sir, 
To Sylvia's charms — in Sylvia's arms, » 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

From Mohawk squaws — against the laws 
Converted into strums, sir, 
T' a sober life — with your own wife — 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

At your return, through spite and scorn 
Your enemies are dumb, sir ; 
But for my part — with all my heart, 
I bid you welcome home, sir. 

Alive again, from the campaign 

I'm glad to see you come, sir ; 

Safe from the war — without a scar, 

You're very welcome home, sir. "■ 

The rapid flight of balls in fight 
Has proved the death of some, sir ; 
Your life you chose not to expose. 
You're very welcome home, sir. 

You've struck no blows — subdued no foes ; 
Nor were you overcome, sir ; 
You scaled no Alps, 'tis true, for scalps — 
Yet you have safe got home, sir. 

'If you can't fight with such delight 
As you can wear a comb, sir. 
Yet well I know that you can crow ; 
Come, then — you're welcome home, sir ! 

Others aspire to ranks still higher 
And greater men become, sir ; 
But you, content, plain captain went — 
And such you are come home, sir. 

You went to quell that Imp of Hell— 
I mean, the Pope of Rome, sir — 
And now you may — at leisure — slay 
The Man of Sin at home, sir. 

My joyful tongue has run so long 

'Tis almost tired ; but mum, sir ! 

I cannot stay, but must away — so, once for aye, 

You're very welcome home, sir. 

1 886.] Fota- Primes. 205 

If "Captain Queue " was a "gentleman of tigure " in society and had 
a skin of reasonable thinness, the foregoing witty piece of impudence must 
have pricked him for many days like a burr — " You're very welcome 
home, sir," indeed ! * 

The later years of Dr. Benjamin Young Prime's life were, like those of 
his honored father, not a Httle unsettled by the progress of the national 
contest, and by the persecutions of the regiments in the vicinity, who left 
no stone unturned that would attest their hatred to older and younger 
patriot. He had to flee from Huntingdon, more than once, leaving well- 
nigh everything behind him at the mercy of the troopers. Part of the 
time he remained in New York City, a busy patriot. But he lived to see 
what his father did not— the close of the war, the peace reluctantly made 
by the discomfited redcoats ; and then died, respected and lamented by all, 
in 1791. He had married, in J774, Mrs. Mary Wheelwright Greaton, a 
widow, and a member of the old Wheelwright family, of Boston ; and hus- 
band and wife lie side by side to-night in the quiet cemetery of the old 
Long Island town. 

Prominent in the family lineage stands forth next a son of the above, 
Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Scudder Prime, upon whose shoulders fell the mantle 
of his grandfather and father — although the life of Nathaniel Scudder Prime 
has a less historic accentuation, and his work as a literary man and a 
preacher is not so picturesque for illustration. Born to Benjamin Young 
Prime and Mary Wheelright Greaton, his wife, in 1785 (December 21), at 
Huntington, and named from his father's beloved friend, Nathaniel Scudder, 
the patriot, he entered Princeton College and graduated at nmeteen — thus 
keeping the ancestral custom. His theological studies ended, Nathaniel 
Prime was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry, and began his pastoral 
work at Sag Harbor, Long Island, in 1806. From the outset he dis- 
played the admirable literary talents and peculiar power as a speaker 
which it is possible some who listen to this paper may call to memory. 
The greater portion of his busy life was not led in the region where 
his father and grandfather passed theirs; for shortly after his marriage 
to Julia Jermain, of the old Jermain [Jordan], family he removed 
to an inland portion of New York State, and there identified himself 
with several charges, including those of Ballston, Old Cambridge, and 

* Since this article was prepared, Mr. Henry T. Drovvne, of this Society, has called ray attention to a 
curious and characteristic letter of Dr. B. Y. Prime, addressed to Dr. Petrus Tappan, of Esopus, N. Y., 
and reprinted in a volume (of private papers) entitled, " New York City During the Revohition," published 
in i85i by the Mercantile Library. 

" New York, April 12, 1770. 

" Sir : 

. . .' "Capt. McDougal is indeed in Jail and I hope if he is brought to tryal he will come off with 
flying colours. The party against him is very virulent and I hope impotent. I myself, am threatened (by 
papers thrown into my house) with a Damnation Drubbing and Imprisonment on suspicion of bemg the 
Author of the Watchman. So that for 4 or 5 Weeks past, I've walked the Streets (especially of an even- 
ing) arm'd with either a Sword or Pistols or both. No attempt however has been made upon me, except the 
night the first letter was thrown in, when (as my serv't tells me), a man knocked at my door, dressed in a 
flapped hat. over clubb'd hair, a Watch-Coat, a Ruffled Shirt and a Pair of Sailors Trousers. A pretty 
kind of Disguise indeed! I'm likewise accused by one of the papers thrown into my house of being the 
Author of the Paper signed Legion : though God knows I'm not the Author of the one paper or the other. 
You see, and I hope you will in your Town, properly represent, the conduct of the party opposed to us. 

" In case of a new Election, I hope you will exert vourself so far as your influence extends and so far as 
your connections will admit, to procure the Election of such Members as you can believe will prove friends 
to their country'. ,, , . ■ , tt > 

" If I'm not mistaken, I've heard that Mr. Clinton has marr>''d your Sister. If so 1 give you joy ! He s 
a verv good man ; but I'm afraid he has been overseen in voting against Friend McDougal— /..?., joining in 
the Vote that the Paper signed A Sofi of Liberty was a Libel ; whoever it might be that wrote it. . . . 

" Sir, 

" Your Humble Servant, 

" Benj. Young Primf." 

206 Four Primes. (July, 

Newburgh, twenty years of his services being given to Cambridge. A 
summary of his career and characteristics I can more becomingly draw 
from another biographer. He observes : . . . " Widely known and 
influential, continually foremost in all that concerned the good of the 
community and its moral, mental, and social progress, his will be a name 
long familiar to those who have lived later than his day. He became a 
strikingly eloquent speaker, and his very presence in the desk was a type 
of vigorous manhood and of clerical dignity without assumption. He was 
a particularly close observer of current thought, a learned theologian, the 
collector of a fine library, a wise counsellor, and a zealous promoter of 
education." It may be mentioned that Dr. Nathaniel Prime was among 
the first American clergymen who took a sudden and decided stand on the 
question of temperance, enforcing it from his pulpit and by his own exam- 
ple in a fashion decidedly unique in days when the clergy were yet to be 
waked to a matter now of such national and direful importance. After 
assuming the principalship of several educational seminaries which attained 
enviable note, Dr. Prime retired from active life and entered upon a se- 
rene old age; passing quietly away during the still evening on March 27, 
1856, as he laid down his pen upon a sermon he was preparing. His dis- 
courses numbered over two thousand ; and when he had approached mid- 
dle life he one day put into the fire some five hundred of them, lest, as he 
conscientiously explained, " he should find himself growing indolent in his 
old age and disposed to rest upon his oars ! " Among his printed works, 
one merits special recognition here — his excellent "History of Long Island," 
upon which he spent much care and which is still a standard (and rather 
scarce) authority. And it is interesting to remark that this typical minister 
of the old school, and author, left behind him, to at once sustain the family 
name and its hereditary tastes, four sons, all working away in the old grooves 
of professional life — two as clergymen, a third as a physician, and a fourth 
as a lawyer; but each so actively occupied with letters as to be pre- 
eminently recognized as literary men. 

We have thus successively taken up the characters and work of three 
generations of a family — 1700 to 1856, one hundred and fifty six years — one 
member out of each generation who most interestingly serves as a represent- 
ative. I should gladly touch upon what others have been and have done, 
through pulpit or press, were not further enlargement scarcely permissible 
to a biographer of the same blood, if not name, and did not the limits of 
this paper forbid. But in deference to the request of the Society, and with 
an appropriateness too distinct to be slighted, I may, in conclusion, dwell 
for a few moments on the life and career of one of the family line who has 
lately left us and gone over unto the majority. Dr. Samuel Irenaeus Prime, 
a member of this Society, in the concerns of which, ever a matter of such 
interest to him, he can no more take part. With the successive incidents 
of his busy life, either personal intimacy or the various published accounts 
which followed upon his decease in July last, have made his acquaintance 
sufliciently familiar. Born at Ballston, N. Y., on November 4, 1812, to Rev. 
Dr. Nathaniel Scudder Prime and Julia Jermain, his wife, he graduated at 
Williams College when seventeen years of age, an honor man of his class. 
In 1833 he preached his first sermon. His pastoral life was comparatively 
brief, owing to ill health ; and accordingly, after taking a charge at Balls- 
ton in 1835 (the fiftieth anniversary of which he lived to celebrate in June, 
1885), and another at Matteawan, on the Hudson, he entered upon his con- 

1 886.] Four Primes, 207 

nection with the New York Observer, with which paper his name became 
in time so indissolubly associated that it was often said that the Observer 
had become Dr. Samuel Irenjeus Prime and Dr. Prime the Observer. 
With his proprietorship, that began in part in 1858, the paper entered on a 
notable portion of its career, and rose to its honored rank among our re- 
ligious journals. The " Irenjeus Letters," which presently became a popu- 
lar feature in it, have numbered between two and three thousand. For 
twelve years, in connection with Harper's Magazine, Dr. Prime's character- 
istic humor overflowed into its Drawer ; and along with all his editorial 
activity in various directions, he put to press those numerous volumes of 
biography, travel, and religious record which have won such general ac- 

The life of Dr. Samuel Irenaeus Prime may be observed from four stand- 
points — that of the preacher, the author, the editor, and the private man. 
But with its details, his prominence in the religious activities of our day, 
his association with its educational and literary institutions, his wide ac- 
quaintance and correspondence with the leading men of this country and 
the Old World, in all callings and connections, and with his social and per- 
sonal individuality, most of those who hear me are familiar. Under the 
circumstances, too, it is more suitable for one so nearly related as the 
speaker to select a brief passage from another pen, in comprehensive wit- 
ness to what Dr. Samuel Prime was, and what he did before he was called 
hence : 

" His name is a household word and his enduring fame is secure, 
like Washington's, in the hearts and gratitude of his countrymen. For I 
know of no man in this country, in the past fifty years, in public or private 
station, who has made a lasting mark for good on more minds. He en- 
tered the family — that foundation of your churches and State. He incul- 
cated a pure religion. He recommended Christianity to the young and 
old, by the grace and geniality of his writings. . . . He was well 
named "Irenjeus." His life was an irenicon. He hated war. He loved 
peace, and studied peace, and advocated peace, in Church, and State, and 
family. Yet, there was nothing weak or compromising in his nature, or 
treatment of great questions or fundamental principles. . . . The 
remarkable thing, the striking characterisiic, was the well-balanced head 
that he carried above his shoulders. He had no eccentricities, he had no 
pet virtue, no one little hobby, no one special excellence which he always 
aired and rang changes on. Nay, he was a broad-minded man ; he had 
many windows to his mind ; he took in light from every quarter, and thus 
could write and did write truthfully, charmingly, profitably, on all questions 
that engaged the interest or concerned the conduct of human life. . . . 
It is a great thing to live seventy three years in this world and thoroughly 
earn one's grave, and leave a record without a stain and a character and 
career that make the whole country debtor to the dead.* 

Such was he who is gone, as memorialized by a distinguished friend and 
latest pastor. And in recollecting those in the family line of whom the 
writer has spoken to-night, he also recalls the pride and veneration with 
which Dr. Prime was himself accustomed to allude to them, and the quiet 
pilgrimages he used to make to Old Huntington, to, as it were, feel a new 
thrill of kinship in standing beside the resting-place of the old Revolution- 
ary preacher and poet, his great-grandfather and grandfather. And when 

* Rev. Dr. John R. Paxton : Funeral Address, July 22, 1S35. 

2o8 Pruyn Family — American Brafich. [July, 

also is reviewed the busy career of a man so honored by all sorts and con- 
ditions of men, I myself cannot but hear Dr. Prime's voice once more, as 
he seemed to sum up his genealogical interest and sentiments on a winter 
evening years ago — leaning forward in his great chair and exclaiming, as 
if forgetful that he was not alone, " Ah, after all, it is not a question 
whether our ancestors do credit to us ; but whether a man does credit to 
his ancestors." 


By John V. L. Pruyn, Jr. 

(Continued from vol. xv., p. 103, of The Record.) 

(200) Francis Pruyn, b. Nov. 2, 1816, bp. by the Rev. John Me- 
lancthon Bradford, son of (108) Casparus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson. 
Is a civil engineer by profession. During the War of the Rebellion he was 
an officer in the army, servmg in the One Hundred and Thirteenth Regi- 
ment Infantry of New York State. He was commissioned as Captain in 
this regiment Sept. 8, 1862, taking rank as such from Aug. 13, 1862. This 
regiment became the Seventh N. Y. Heavy Artillery, the date of transfer 
being Dec. 19, 1862. On Jan. 23, 1864, he was commissioned Major, tak- 
ing rank from Jan. 16, 1864. On Jan. i, 1865, he received an honorable 
discharge. The regiment was present at the battles of Spottsylvania, 
North Anna, Tolopotomoy, Coal Harbor, Petersburg, Strawberry Plains, 
Deep Bottom, and Ream's Station, and' performed some hard service, of 
which the records in the Adjutant-General's office bear witness. 

Major Pruyn, who until recently lived on his farm at Loudonville, near 
Albany, but who is now living in Canada, m. Oct. 11, 1844, Isabella Kirk, 
b. Sept. 30, 1822, dau. of Andrew Kirk and Marilla Bartholomew, of Al- 
bany, and has issue : 

298. Francis, b. in Albany, Sept. 15, 1845 ! '"• Sept. 24, 1879, 
Margaret Louisa Quackenboss ; no children living. 

299. Andrew Kirk, b. Oct. 31, 1847 ; m. March 2 7, 1872, Isabella 
Margaret McEwan, b. March 24, 1851, dau. of John McEwan 
and Agnes Gordon Lauder, both born in Scotland, but now 
residing in Albany. Andrew Kirk has issue : (i.) John Mc- 
Ewan, b. Jan. 18, 1877 ; (ii.) Francis McEwan, b. June 5, 
1879 ; (iii.) William McEwan, b. Jan. 5, 1882 ; d. Nov- 22, 

Charles Van Zandt, of Albany, b. Oct. 3, 1818 ; d. Oct. 2, 1881 ; 
m. May 23, 1844, (202) Cornelia Pruyn, b. Dec. 5, 1820, d. April 24, 
1864, dau. of (108) Casparus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson. 

At the time of his death, and for many years previous thereto, Mr. Van 
Zandt was the agent of the Van Rensselaer estate. For seventeen years 
he was Superintendent of the Sunday-school of the North Dutch Church, 

1 886.] Pruyn Family — American Branch. 209 

and at the time of his death was an elder of that churcli. By his marriage 
with Miss Pruyn he had, with other children, all deceased, whose names 
and dates the compiler has been unable to obtain : 

Charles Eugene, b. May 24, 1847 ; now living in Albany. 

Anne Hewson, b. Nov. 11, 1849 ; deceased. 

Ella, b. Nov. 25, 185 1 ; living. 

William ; living. 
Mr. Van Zandt m. secondly, about 1873, Miss Tyler, dau. of Oscar 
Tyler, late Sheriff of Albany County. 


James C. Bell, agent for W. P. Van Rensselaer estate, Albany, 
b. April 12, 1819, son of Joseph Bell (b. in Rhode Island) and Sarah 
Winne (of Watervliet), of Albany ; m. Jan. 16, 1845, (204) Alida Pruyn, 
b, Alarch 9, 1825, dau. of (ro8) Casparus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson, 
and has had issue : 

Annie Hewson, b. Nov. 2, 1845. 

James C, b. Aug. 17, 1848 ; d. Jan. 29, 1885 ; m. June 7, 1882, 
Anna Viletta Tallcott, dau. of Daniel Whiting Tallcott and 
Viletta Hulsapple, and left issue : (i.) James C, b. Nov. 
24, 1883 ; (ii.) Roy Whiting, b. Feb. 16, 1885. 
Frederic Henry, b. Aug. 25, 185 1 ; m. Oct. 11, 1882, Mary 
Elizabeth Prichard, b. in Twin Lewis County, N. Y., dau. of 
John E. Prichard and Mary Jones, of Albany, and has issue : 
Henry Winne, b. Sept. 30, 1885, 
Mary Pruyn, b. July 6, 1S57. 
Alice, b. Nov. 2, 1859. 


(205) William Fryer Pruyn, of Albany, b. Feb. 28, 1S27, now 
deceased, son of (108) Casparus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson ; m. Feb. 
13, 1849, Gertrude Dunbar Visscher, b. Aug. 21, 1826, dau. of (225) 
Harmen Visscher and Ann M. Chapman (see Talcotfs N. Y. and New 
England Families). Harmen Visscher was a son of (213) Johannes B. 
Visscher and Geertruy Dunbar, sister of Gen. Robert Dunbar and of 
Cornelia Dunbar, wife of (59) Francis C. Pruyn. Mrs. Pruyn resides in 
Albany. By this marriage there was issue ; 

300. Anne Chapman, b. Nov. 9, 1849 ; d. April 24, 185^. 

301. William, b. April 5, 1853 5 ^- Feb. 22, 1881. 

302. Susan Evertsen, b. April 18, 1855 ; d. Dec. 3, 1858. 


(207) Augustus Pruyn, of Albany, b. Oct. 23, 1831, son of (108) 
Casparus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson, is a civil engineer by profession 
but is not now actively engaged in work. During the civil war he was 
an officer in the army, being appointed Adjutant of the Eleventh Regi- 
ment, "Scott's 900," New York Cavalry, in Sept., 1861. In March, 
1862, he became Captain of Company H, same regiment, and in April, 
Major. Commissions, however, were not issued to any officers in this regi- 
ment until some time in 1863, as the Colonel in command would not accept 
State commissions, claiming that the regiment was United States troops. 

210 Pruy?i Family — American Branch. [July) 

In the autumn of 1862, Major Pruyn resigned from the Eleventh Regi- 
ment, New York Cavalry, to accept a commission as Major in the Fourth 
Regiment, New York Cavalry, and was so commissioned on Jan. 30, 1863, 
taking rank from Jan. 28th. On May 25, 1863, he was promoted to be 
Lieutenant-Colonel, ranking as such from April 23d. His commission, 
however, did not reach him until the morning of June 9th, on which date 
he was in command of the regiment in battle at Beverly Ford, or Brandy 
Station battle. In the cavalry battles of June 17th, i8th, 19th, 20th and 
2 1st, he was in command of the regiment, the colonel having been pre- 
viously taken prisoner. He also commanded the regiment at Gettysburg 
and in all the eighteen engagements up to the latter part of Dec, 1863, 
including that of Mine Run, after which he resigned. (From records in the 
office of the Adjutant-General, Albany, and from memoranda furnished by 
Mr. Pruyn.) 

Mr. Pruyn was married Sept. 19, 1866, by the Rev. Rufus W. Clark, 
D.D., in the North Dutch Church, Albany, to (251) Catalina Ten Eyck, 
b. Jan. 24,1840, dau. of (194) Herman Ten Eyck and Eliza Bogart. Her- 
man Ten Eyck was a son of (126) Harmanus Ten Eyck and Margaret 
Bleecker, dau. of Hendrick Bleecker, Jr., andCatalyntje Cuyler (see "Tal- 
cott's New York and New England Families "). By this marriage there 
has been issue : 

303. Margaret Ten Eyck, b. in Albany, Jan. 2, 1868. 

304. Augustus, b. in Newark, N. J., April 22, 1869 ; d. July r, 

305. Eliza Ten Eyck, b. in Newark, N. J., July 27, 1870. 

. 306, Montgomery Rochester, b. in Newark, July 29, 1873 5 ^i- 
July 16, 1874. 
307. Foster, b. in Newark, Oct. 5, 1875. 


Montgomery Rochester, now of Cincinnati, b. Aug. 24, 1832, son 
of Thomas Hart Rochester and Phebe Elizabeth Cuming; m. Jan. 15, 
1858, (208) Mary Hewson Pruyn, b. April 13, 1834, dau. of (108) Cas- 
parus F. Pruyn and Anne Hewson. Thomas Hart Rochester was a son 
of Nathaniel Rochester and Sophia Beatty Nathaniel Rochester, son 
of John Rochester, was born Feb. 21, 1752, in Cople Parish, Westmore- 
land County, Virginia. He held an unusual number of important public 
positions in North Carolina, Maryland, and New York, to which latter 
State he moved in 1810, He, with others, owned lands in the *' Genesee 
country," and between 1815 and 1818 laid out the town of Rochester, 
which was named after him, and is now a prosperous city. (See "Early His- 
tory of the Rochester Family in America," by Nathaniel Rochester. Buf- 
falo : Matthews, Northrup & Co., 1882.) 

Montgomery Rochester has issue : 

Montgomery Hewson, b. Jan. 6, i860. 

(211) Francis Saltus Pruyn, b. March 2, 1835, son of (125) Lansing 
Pruyn and Anna Mary Saltus ; m. Aug. 6, 1862, Charlotte Cooper Nott, 
b. May 6, 1837, dau. of Benjamin Nott and Elizabeth Cooper, and has had 
issue : 

308. Elizabeth Cooper, b. June 15, 1868. 

1 886.] Priiyti Family — American Branch. 211 

309. Anna Lansing, b. Nov. 6, 1869; d. June 30, 1870. 

310. Francis Lansing, b. Oct. 4, 1872. 

Francis Saltus Pruyn and family live in Albany, where he is engaged 
in the insurance business. 

Benjamin Nott, the father of Mrs. Pruyn, was the youngest son of the 
Rev. Eliphalet Nott (the distinguished President of Union College) and Sally 
Benedict, his first wife, and was born in Albany, Dec. 6, 1803. He stud- 
ied at Union College and was afterward admitted to the Bar, and became 
in time, a judge of the old Court of Common Pleas, of Albany County. 
He was a man of scholarly attainments, of genial disposition, and of a 
rarely pure and lovely character. His wife, Elizabeth Cooper, b. in Al- 
bany, June 28, 1807, was the dau. of Dr. Charles de Kay Cooper and was 
a woman of much character. They had eleven children. 

Isaac Henry Vrooman, of Albany, born May 17, 1829, son of Peter 
Vrooman and Margaret Ann Ten Eyck, of Schenectady; m. March 3, 
1875, (212) Anna Mary Saltus Pruyn, b. March 10, 1838, dau. of (125) 
Lansing Pruyn and Anna Mary Saltus ; and has issue : 
Isaac Henry, b. Feb. 11, 1876. 
Anna Mary, b. Dec. 3, 1879. 

(See 189.) 


Robert Porter Haswell, of Hoosick, N. Y., b. July 17, 1849, son 
of Robert Haswell and Caroline Ketchum Hewitt, of Hoosac, N. Y.; m. 
Dec. 26, 1870, (249) Delia Amanda Pruyn, b. Aug. 12, 1847, dau. of (147) 
William Norton Pruyn and Delia Amanda Wright, and has issue : 

Mary Amanda, b. Sept. 30, 187 1. 

Robert Ashton, b. Dec. 25, 1874. 

Ralph, b. Feb. 14, 1878. 

Helen Mar, b. Jan. 12, 1880. 

Julia Pruyn, b. May 19, 1882. 


(250) Norton Pruyn, formerly of Albany, now of Schuyler, Neb., b. July 
22, 1849, son of (147) William Norton Pruyn and Delia Amanda Wright ; 
m. May 31, 1877, Lillie Kate Hadden, b. Sept. 26, 1852, dau. of Avery 
S. Hadden and Mary Chapman Hitchcock, of Durham, N. Y. Issue : 

311. Allen Hadden, b. Feb. 22, 1878. 

312. William Norton, b. Feb. 25, 1879. 

313. Leland, b. June 2, 1882. 

' 251. 

(251) Gilbert Wright Pruyn, of Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Mass., 
b. Dec. 3, 1850, son of (147) William Norton Pruyn and Delia Amanda 
Wright ; m. Oct. i, 1872, Adaline Priscilla Robinson, b. March 22, 1852, 
dau. of George Robinson and Emeline Hesler, of North Bennington, Vt., 
and has issue : 

314. Clifford, b. Sept. 17, 1873. 

212 Pncyn Family — American Branch. \}^y-> 


(252) Henry Samuel Pruyn, of Hoosac, Rensselaer County, N. Y,, b. 
Dec. 27, 1852, son of (147) William Norton Pruyn and Delia Amanda Wright; 
m. April 15, 1881, Emily Case Herrington, b. Dec. 4, 1863, dau. of John 
Wright Herrington and Emily Case, of Hoosac, Rensselaer County, N. Y. 
Issue : 

315. David Herrington, b. Feb. 3, 1882. 


(258) Larmon Pratt Pruyn, of Omaha, Neb., b. Sept. 9, 1849, son of 
(148) Abram Norton Pruyn and Rachel Maria Larmon ; m. Oct. 28, 1872, 
Helen Josephine Fowler, b. Oct. 27, 1848, dau. of B. F. Fowler and 
Louisa Rich, of Cambridge, N. Y. Issue : 

316. Charles Fowler, b. Aug. 4, 1874. 

317. Minnie Irene, b. Feb, 4, 1878 ; d. April 5, 1881. 

318. Bertha Louisa, b. May 14, 1880 ; d. May 5, 1881. 

319. Jennie Louisa, b. Jan. 7, 1884. 


(259) Charles Wesley Pruyn, of Omaha, Neb., b. Oct. 15, 1852, son of 
(148) tAbram Norton Pruyn and Rachel Maria Larmon ; ni. Dec. 9, 1878, 
Annie Knox Strong, b. June 30, 1856, dau. of Edwin F. Strong and Mary 
Harmon, of Seneca Falls, N. Y. Issue : 

320. Edwin Larmon, b. March 17, 1880. 


James Young Merritt, of Meicer County, 111., b. Jan. 5, 1828, son of 
Ephraim Johnson Merritt and Margaret Trindle, of Centreville, Ind.; m. 
Dec. 25, 1857, (267) Mary Pruyn, b. Nov. 4, 1838, dau. of (157) Walter 
Van Vechten Pruyn and Sarah Nancy Kibbey, and has issue : 

Minnie, b. Feb. 5, 1859. 

Effy, b. Feb. 26, 1863. 

Fannie, b. March 15, 1866. 

Bessie, b. Jan. 14, 1868. 

Arthur James, b. Dec. 4, 1870. 

Raymond Bigelow, b. Feb. 8, 1874. 

Walter Pruyn, b. Nov. 20, 1879. 


John Abnor Gilmore, of Paola. Kan., b. April 27, 1840, son of 
Ephraim Gilmore and Julia Ann Denison ; m. March 22, 1865, (269) Alice 
Pruyn, b. March 10, 1844, d. June 29, 1867, dau. of (157) Walter Van 
Vechten Pruyn and Sarah Nancy Kibbey, and had issue : 
Charles Pruyn, b. June 28, 1867. 


(270) William Shanon Pruyn, b. June 18, 1847, son of (157) Walter Van 
Vechten Pruyn and Sarah Nancy Kibbey ; in. Feb. 24, 1875, Clara Kirk- 

i886.] Fniyn Family — Atnerican Branch. 213 

ham Field, b. Sept. 3, 1853, d. May 2, 1880; dau. of Elisha Case Field 
and Savona Ann Bartlett, of Galesburg, III, and had issue : 

321. Kate, b. Dec. 3, 1876 ; d. April 24, 1880. 

He m. secondly Sept. 15, 1881, Orinda Vi Emerson, b. Dec. 21, 1852, 
dau. of Oliver Perry Emerson and Sarah Kelly, of Keithsburg, 111., and 
has issue : 

322. Murray, b. Dec. 30, 1882. 


William Henry Barbour, of Manitou, Col., b. Dec. 5, 1848 ; m. 
March 10, 1874, (271) Edith Pruyn, b. Aug. 26, 1849; dau. of (157) Wal- 
ter Van Vechten Pruyn and Sarah Nancy Kibbey, and has issue : 

Percy Pruyn, b. March 15, 1876. 

Frederick Plummer, b. Feb. 5, 1881. 


Nathan Noble, of Canton, Dak., b. June 17, 185 1, son of David 
Johnson Noble and Sarah Rader, of New Boston, 111.; m. Sept. 17, 1872, 
(272) Alida Pruyn, b. Nov. 7, 1851, dau. of (157) Walter Van Vechten 
Pruyn and Sarah Nancy Kibbey, and has issue : 

Willie, b. Sept. 10, 1873. 

David Walter, b. Jan. 15, 1875. 

Hattie, b. Jan. 3, 1877. 

Edith, b, Jan. 3, 1879. 


Silas Dement Willits, of New Boston, 111., b. Feb. 26, 1856, son of 
William WiUits and Mary Alyea ; m. Nov. 26, 1880, (274) Carrie Pruyn, 
b. April 7, 1 86 1, dau. of (157) Walter Van Vechten Pruyn and Sarah 
Nancy Kibbey, and has issue : 

Percy Pruyn, b. Aug. 2, 1882. 


See 164. Joseph Marion West, son of Samuel West and Mary Hen- 
derson, of Rockport, Atchison County, Mo.; m. June 7, 1878, (277) Ma- 
rietta Pruyn, b. Nov. 24, 1856, dau. of (104) Isaac Newton Pruyn and 
Maria Ann Swatman. 


Paul Elliott Temple, formerly of Langdon, Mo., more recently of 
Highland City and Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kan., b. Dec. 5, 
1852, son of Paul Lafayette Temple and Julia Elizabeth Harrington ; m. 
Feb. 7, 1877, (278) Augusta Eliza Pruyn, b. May 10, 1858, dau. of (164) 
Isaac Newton Pruyn and Maria Ann Swatman, and has issue : 

Archie Pruyn, b. Sept. 24, 1878. 

Lee Elliott, b. Oct. 25, 1880 ; d. July 17, 1882. 

Ruby Maria, b. March 7, 1883. 


(287) Frederic Fort Pruyn, of Glen's Falls, N. Y., son of (173) Daniel 
Fort Pruyn and Tallota Sharp, b. Nov. 12, 1850 ; m. April 14, 1874, Alice 

214 Pruy?i Family — American Branch, [July. 

Genevieve Cool, b. April 14, 1852, dau. of Hiram Moore Cool and Cynthia 
Ann Eldred, of Glen's Falls, N. Y., and has issue : 

323. A SON, b. and d. April 14, 1875. 

324. Frederick Eldred, b, June 13, 1876. 

325. Blanche Gertrude, b. June 21, 1877. 

326. William Cool, b. July 13, 1880. 

Darwin Hurd, b. Feb. 28, 1850, son of William Lay Hurd and Betsy 
Ann Sherilian, of Eagle Bridge, N. Y.; m. Aug. 21, 1875, (288) Ella Frances 
Pruyn, b. Aug. 18, 1856, dau. of (173) Daniel Fort Pruyn and Tallota 
Sharp, and has issue : 

Alice Frances, b. May 17, 1876 ; d. Aug. 14, 1877. 

Mary Jessie, b. April 4, 1878. 


(289) Jesse Adelbert Pruyn, son of (i 73) Daniel Fort Pruyn and Tal- 
lota Sharp, b. Feb. 1 1, 1858 ; m. Dec. 22, 1880, Nettie May Durfee, b. Nov. 
17, i860, dau. of Abraham Durfee and Louisa Thankful Burch, of South 
Cambridge, Washington County, N. Y. 


(295) Robert Clarence Pruyn, b. Oct. 23, 1S47, son of the late (199) 
Robert Hewson Pruyn and Jane Ann Lansing, graduated at Rutgers Col- 
lege, class of 1869. He has since resided in Albany, where he is largely 
interested in business enterprises, and is now President of the National 
Commercial Bank, succeeding the Hon. Daniel Manning, Secretary of the 
Treasury, who in turn succeeded Mr. Pruyn's father, (199) Hon. Robert 
H. Pruyn, as president of the bank. 

Mr. Pruyn was one of the commission appointed to erect the new City 
Hall at Albany. He is also a vestryman of St. Peter's Church. He m. 
Oct. 22, 1873, Anna Martha Williams, b. May 7, 1853, cl^^- of Chauncey 
Pratt Williams, President of the National Exchange Bank of Albany, and 
Martha Hough, and has issue : 

327. Edward Lansing, b. Nov. 23, 1874. 

328. Ruth Williams, b. Oct. 3, 1877. 

329. Robert Dunbar, b. Oct. 11, 1879. 

330. Frederic Stanley, b. July 5, 1881. 

(297) Charles Lansing Pruyn, b. Dec. 2, 1S52, son of (199) Robert 
Hewson Pruyn and Jane Ann Lansing, graduated at Rutgers College, Scien- 
tific Department, Class of 187 1. He has since resided in Albany, where 
he is engaged in various business enterprises. He m. Oct. 11, 1877, 
Elizabeth Atwood McClintock, b. Oct. 31, 1853, d. Dec. 20, 1884, dau. 
of William Trimble McClintock and Elizabeth Mary Atwood, of Chilli- 
cothe, O., and has had issue : 

331. Elizabeth McClintock, b. June 14, 1878. 

332. Jane Anne Lansing, b. Dec. 15, 1880, 

333. Sarah McClintock, b. Nov. 17, 1884; d. July 22, 1885. 



[886.] Henry Thayer Drowne. 21 5 


Fourth President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical 


By Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D. 

With a Portrait. 

Henry Thayer Drowne was born at Woodstock, Conn,, March 25, 
1822, and is a lineal descendant of Leonard Drowne (b. 1646), who came 
from the West of England to America soon after the accession of Charles 
II.; married, 1679-80, Elizabeth Abbot, of Portsmouth, N. H. ; settled 
at Sturgeon's Creek, and carried on ship-building at Kittery, Me., until the 
disturbances of tlie French and Indian wars, in 1692, forced him to remove 
to Boston, Mass., where he died October 31, 1729, and was buried in 
Copp's Hill Burying Ground. 

His eldest son, Solomon, born 1681, ship-builder at Bristol, R. I., mar- 
ried Esther Jones, and had twelve children, the eldest of whom, Solomon 
second, born 1706, well known as a merchant and statesman in Providence, 
R. I., died in 1780, leaving three children, the second of whom, Dr. Solo- 
mon Drowne, third, born 1753, was a somewhat remarkable man. Gradu- 
ating at Rhode Island College (now Brown University) in 1773, he studied 
medicine and received degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and 
Dartmouth College; served as surgeon in the Revolutionary army (1776- 
80) ; enjoyed the personal friendship and esteem of Lafayette, Rocham- 
beau, and the officers and medical staff of the French army in Rhode 
Island, and was entrusted with the care of their invalid soldiers when the 
allied forces left for home. At the close of the war, after a tour in Eng- 
land, Holland, Belgium, and France, visiting hospitals, medical schools, 
etc., and becoming acquainted at Paris with Franklin, Jefferson, and other 
distinguished men, he resumed the practice of his profession at Providence, 
R. I. ; but in 1788 went to Ohio, where he resided for a year, and was 
present at the treaties at Fort Harmar, in 1789, with Corn Planter and 
other Indian chiefs. Impaired health led to his spending several years in 
West Virginia and in Pennsylvania, but, in 1802, he settled again in his 
native State, at Foster, where he remained until his death in 1834, engaged 
in practice and attention to his botanic garden, scientific, classical, and lit- 
erary studies. He filled many public offices, professorial, etc., and deliv- 
ered many lectures, orations, and addresses of decided merit, including a 
eulogy on Washington, February 22, 1800. 

His third son, Henry Bernardin Drowne (born in 1799), who with his 
sisters founded the Fruit Hill Classical Institute at North Providence, R. 
I., in 1835, possessed many of his father's tastes, was early identified (as 
his father had been) with the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of 
Domestic Industry, and with agricultural and mechanical pursuits, and was 
noted for his financial ability, probity, and unostentatious spirit of benevo- 

2l6 Henry Thayer JDrowne. [July, 

lence. He married Julia Ann Stafford, of Warwick, R. I., and of their 
seven children the subject of our sketch was the eldest. 

In addition to a careful home nurture he enjoyed, as the eldest grand- 
son of Dr. Solomon Drowne, the inestimable advantage of passing several 
years of his boyhood with that gentleman at his home, " Mt. Hygeia," 
where, as well as Fruit Hill Classical Institute, founded by his own father 
and aunts, he acquired that taste for classical, historical, and antiquarian 
literature which has since distinguished him. 

In March, 1841, he became a resident of New York City, being a clerk 
for several years, especially in the dry goods commission house of C. Fiske 
Harris, and in 1851 he married Sarah Rhodes, daughter of George Carpen- 
ter and Phebe Rhodes Arnold, of Providence. June 21, 1855, he was ap- 
pointed Secretary of the old National Fire Insurance Company, a position 
which he filled with untiring energy and ability until. May ii, 1869, he was 
chosen as a Director and elected its President, which well-merited ofSce he 
now holds. 

As might be expected from such inherited tastes, Mr. Drowne has been 
largely identified, by membership and personal activities, with very many 
of our leading historical, scientific, and patriotic societies and institutions. 
In November, 1847, he was elected a Resident Member of the New York 
Historical Society ; in 1866, Life Member of the New England Society of 
New York City; in 1863, a Member of the American Ethnological So- 
ciety, of which for many years past he has been Secretary of the Executive 
Committee and Librarian; in 1875 he became a Member of this Society 
(New York Genealogical and Biographical) ; in 1877 its Second Vice-Presi- 
dent ; in 1878 its First Vice-President ; in 1880 a Member of its Board of 
Trustees, and from 1881 to 1885 its President, enjoying, by successive an- 
nual re-elections, the longest term of service which any incumbent of that 
office has thus far attained. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical 
Society of London, England ; of the American Geographical Society ; and 
Corresponding Member of the New England Historical and Genealogical 
Society, the Historical Societies of Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Wiscon- 
sin, Georgia, Vermont, Chicago ; the American Historical and Numismat- 
ical Society of Philadelphia, the Kansas Historical Society, the Prince So- 
ciety, of Boston, and others. 

On July 4, 1878, by right of his grandfather. Dr. Solomon Drowne, Sur- 
geon in the Continental Army, he became a member of the Rhode Island 
Society of the Cincinnati, and is now its Senior Alternate to the General 
Society of the Cincinnati, which holds its next Triennial at Newport, R. 
I., in 1887. In 1861 he was one of the originators, with Rev. Dr. Francis 
Vinton, George Wm. Curtis and others, of the "Sons of Rhode Island in 
New York," an organization designed to forward the interests of Rhode Isl- 
and troops then in the field in the defence of the Union, by concentration 
of effort among the natives of that State then resident in New York. Of 
this Society he was the latest Secretary ; and, in 1886, as was natural from 
his deep interest in every movement having for its object the perpetuation 
of the memories of the Revolutionary period, he identified himself by mem- 
bership with the " Sons of the Revolution," in this city. 

Although Mr. Drowne, with characteristic modesty, has not committed 
himself to any considerable literary work, yet his contributions to Ameri- 
can biography and genealogy have been ample witness to his abilities in 
this line. Painstaking and minute in detail, they leave nothing to be de- 

1 886.] Hejiry Thayer Drowne. . 2 17 

sired, except the wish that he would more freely venture into the field of 
authorship. His published efforts, thus far, have been : 

1. The Notes, Addenda, and Genealogical Memoranda to " The Jour- 
nal of a Cruise, in the Fall of 1780," by his grandfather, Dr. Solomon 
Drowne, privately printed (8vo, two sizes, pp. 28), New York, 1872, by 
Masters (,'harles L. Moreau and Henry Russell Drowne, on an amateur 

2. "Genealogy of the Family of Solomon Drowne, M.D., of Rhode 
Island, with Notices of his Ancestors, 1646-1879." Providence, R. I., 
1879. 8vo, pp. 16. 

3. "Memorial Sketch of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, of Ne^^ York." 
8vo, pp. 9. Read before the Rhode Island Historical Society, July 3, 1883 ; 
also printed in the Newport Historical Magazine, July, 1883. 

4. [In connection with General George S. Greene and Benjamin 
Greene Arnold, Esq., of New York] the " Drowne Branches from William 
Arnold and Zachary Rhodes [and of Tillinghast, Smith, Brown, Stafford, 
Bartlett], of Pawtuxet, R. I.," for the Arnold Genealogy. 

5. Letters of Dr. Solomon Drowne, with Annotations, furnished for the 
"New York Letters in the Revolution." Privately printed, 1861, by the 
New York Mercantile Library Association. 

6. l>etters and Notes to Dawson's Edition, 1865, of " Dring's Recol- 
lections of the Old Jersey Prison Ship," in which his great-uncle. Captain 
William Drowne, was for a long period a prisoner. 

7. [With Colonel John Ward, Mrs. Eliza Hall Ward, and Dr. H. R. 
Stiles] the " Genealogy of the Ward P'amily," as printed in the Rhode 
Island Historical Society Collections, vol. vi., 1867. 

8. Several Biographical Sketches for the " American Portrait Gallery," 
published by Mr. J. C- Buttre, 1877-1881. 

The late Rev. Dr. Francis Vinton, in his oration on the " Annals of 
Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," delivered, in 1863, before the 
Sons of Rhode Island in New York City, makes special acknowledgment 
to Mr. Drowne's "patient and loving interest in whatever concerns the his- 
tory and welfare of Rhode Island," as having *' so enriched the pamphlet 
by his exact erudition, with reference to authentic sources, as to entitle 
these 'Annals' to the dignity of history and to the confidence of the future 
scholai." His "constant readiness to promote every historical inquiry" is 
also particularly noticed by Dawson ("Dring's Recollections") ; and Rev. 
Edwin M. Stone, in the preface to his exceedingly interesting book " Our 
French Allies," avows his indebtedness to Mr. Drowne as one "whose 
knowledge of Rhode Island history is unsurpassed." Not alone among 
his American friends and associates, but by those of like tastes in Great 
Britain, Mr. Drowne is frequently called upon to assist in the procuring 
of information or the verification of facts ; and, it is needless to add, is 
never found wanting. It may be truly said of him that he never is 
happier than when rendering to others (and frequently entire strangers) 
those little services which, however slight he affects to think them, are of 
such inestimable value to the literary worker and scholar. 

Mr. Drowne's religious affiliations are with the Protestant Episcopal 
Church (of which, it may be remarked, his brother. Rev. Thomas Stafford 
Drowne, D.D., is Secretary of the Diocese of Long Island) ; he is a mem- 
ber of the Church of the Transfiguration ("The Little Church Around the 
Corner "), of which Rev. George H. Houghton, D.D., is rector. 

2i8 Records of the Society of Friends of Westbury, L. I. [July, 

It is almost needless to add that Mr. Browne's home reflects his tastes 
and pursuits. His small, but choice, library is rich especially in the Classics, 
Fine Arts, History, and Biography ; Angling, Poetry, Ethnology, Genealogy, 
and Theology. He is also, in a quiet way, an enthusiastic illustrator of 
books, and among the volumes which he has enriched by his taste and 
perseverance, we may enumerate Appleton's "Picturesque America;" 
"Ethica;" "New York Letters During the American Revolution ; " "Sons 
of Rhode Island in New York ; " Grinsted's "Relics of Genius ;" Duy- 
ckinck's " Irvingiana ; " " Freneau's Poems;" "The Browne Journal;" 
Morton's " Types of Mankind ;" Knight's " Shakespeare," etc. Engravings, 
especially in the line of portraiture, have a special charm for Mr. Browne, 
and his collection of Washington portraits, and of Louis XVI., as well as 
of the English, French, and American officers of our Revolutionary period, 
is extensive and valuable. Among autographs, we may note interesting 
letters addressed to his grandfather, Br. Solomon Browne, by the French 
officers of the allied forces in the Revolution, of Granville Sharp,, Br. 
Jonathan Arnold, Br. Thacher, Hon. Theodore Foster, Br. Samuel L. 
Mitchill, President James Manning, and others. 

In conclusion — although the freedom of the biographic pen is some- 
what limited by the fact of his presence among us — it may be permissible 
to say of Mr. Browne, that his delicate sense of courtesy — springing from 
an inherited quality of refined tastes and genuine kindness of heart — and 
his unselfish spirit of helpfulness, have contributed largely, though most 
unostentatiously, to the welfare of every association — social, literary, and 
religious — with which he has been connected ; and has drawn around 
him a wide circle of friends, whose sincere appreciation and respect reflect 
upon his daily life that atniosphere in which every thoughtful scholar de- 
lights to dwell. 

BURY, L. I. 

Communicated by Benjamin D. Hicks, Esq. 

(Continued from Vol. xvi. p. 175 of The Record.) 

Children of Silas and Ann Willis. He born 4th of ist mo 1715. She 
(being d' of Henry Pearsall) born 4th of 2d mo 1722 : 
Jordan born 15 of 2 mo 1742. 

A daughter born 8 of 11 mo 1744, died 27 of 11 mo 1744. 
Phebe born 25 of 3 mo 1745. 

Children of Samuel and Mary Titus of Westbury : 

Stephen born 24 of 12 mo 1727. 

Elizabeth born t6 of 8 mo 1729. 

Mary born 7 of 6 mo 1732. 

Samuel born 4 of 9 mo 1 734. 

Richard born r 6 of 11 mo 1736. 

Phebe born 15 of 11 mo 1739. 

Jemima born 16 of i mo 1742. 

Children of Henry Cock of Oysterbay : 
Thomas born 25 of 11 mo 1738. 

1 886.] Records of the Society of Friends of Westbury, L. I. 219 

Sarah born 14 of 9 mo 1741. 
Daniel born 6 of i mo 1743. 
Hannah born 15 of 4 mo 1745. 
Mary born 11 of 8 mo 1747. 
Henry born 15 of 3 mo 1749. 
Anne born 23 of 7 mo 1751. 
Abraham born 11 of 4 mo 1755. 

Children of Wait and Mary Powell {married 15th of i mo 1724) '- 

Jane born 22 of 2 mo 1725. 

Mary born 31 of 1 1 mo 1727. 

Anna born 22 of 7 mo 1730. 

Wait born 30 of 4 mo 1733. 

Jemima born 31 of i mo 1736. 

Esther born 23 of 11 mo 1738. 

Sarah born 23 of 8 mo 1745. 

Children of David and Clemont Whitson. He born nth of 7th 1701. 
She (being d' of John Powell) born 27th of 12th mo 1709 : 
Ruth born 23 of 11 mo 1732. 
Mary born 5 of 1 1 mo 1 736. 
Amey born 18 of 5 mo 1739. 
Solomon born 9 of 2 mo 1741. 
David born 22 of 7 mo 1743. 
Clemont born i of 5 mo 1751. 

Children of Obediah and Mary Seaman : 
Walter born 22 of 9 mo 1755. 
Phila born 26 of 3 mo 1759. 
James born 26 of 12 mo 1761. 
Thomas born 18 of 8 mo 1764. 
Richard born 2 of 8 mo 1767. 

Children of Benjamin and Hannah Hawxhurst. He born 31st of 6th 
mo 1720. She born i7lh of loth mo 1721 : 
Mary born 22 of 9 mo 1747. 
Sarah born 4 of 6 mo 1 749. 
Martha born 5 of 2 mo 1752. 
Hannah born 25 of 3 mo 1754. 

Children of John (2d) and Deborah Whitson : - 

Mary born 26 of 7 mo 1745. 
Deborah born 26 of 2 mo 1747. 
Elizabeth born 9 of i mo 1749. 
Amos born 5 of 5 mo 1751. 

Children of Adam and Sarah Mott of Cow Neck : 
Elizabeth born 19 of 7 mo 1756, died 10 of 4 mo 1782. 
A daughter born 28 of 10 mo 1758, died 31 of 10 mo 1758. 
Lydia born 24 of 1 1 mo 1759. 
Adam born 11 of 10 mo 1762, 
Samuel born 29 of 9 mo 1773. 

Children of Joshua and Phebe Powell : 
Hannah born 15th of loth mo 1745. 
^Willets born nth of 6th mo 1747. 

220 Records of the Society of Friends of Westbury, L. I. [July, 

Phebe born 19th of 9th mo 1749. 
Amos born 27th of 4th mo 1752. 
Joshua born 15th of loth mo 1754. 
Richard born 2d of nth mo 1757. 
Benjamin born 13th of 8th mo 1760. 

Children of Matthew and Ann Prior. He born 6th of ist mo 1729. 
She (being widow of Silas Willis) born 4th of 2d mo 1722 : 
Henry born i8th of 9th mo 1755. 
James born 23d of 4th mo 1757. 

Children of Richard and Sarah Alsop of Oysterbay : 

Sarah born 3d of nth mo 1747. 

Phebe born 2d of loth mo 1749. 

John born 27th of 2d mo 1753. 

Hannah born 7th of 2d mo 1755, died iSth of 9th mo 1757. 

Hannah 2d, born 18th of 12th mo 1757. 

Children of Nathaniel and Mary Pearsall of Cow neck : 

Sarah born loth of 5th mo 1737. 

Joseph born loth of 6th mo 1740. 

Jane born ist of 8th mo 1742. 

Thomas born 13th of 9th mo 1744. 

Mary born 21st of ist mo 1746. 

Hannah born 5th of 8th mo 1749. 

Robert born 12th of 3d mo 1752. 

Children of Thomas and Hannah Carpenter : 
Alsop born 8th of nth mo 1778. 

Children of Daniel and Mary Powell of Bethpage : 

Jacob born 2d of 6th mo 1737. 

Deborah born loth of loth mo 1739. 

Margaret born nth of 12th mo 1743. 

Jonas born 24th of 4th mo 1745. 

Daniel born 2 2d of ist mo 1749. 

Rachel born 17th of 2d mo 1753. 

Mary born 29th of ist mo 1755. 

Children of Jesse Willets. He born 19th of 2d mo 1714 : 
Richard born 25th of 4th mo 1753. 
Martha born i6th of 9th mo 1755. 

Children of John and Elizabeth Willis of Oysterbay. He born 8th of 
2d mo 1734. She (being d' of Adam Mott) born 31st of 5th mo 1733, 
died 13th of 9th mo 1783 : 

Adam born 13th of 7th mo 1757, died 9th of 3d mo 1758. 

Samuel born 7th of 3d mo 1759. 

Phebe born 5th of 4th mo 1761. . 

Children of Henry and Hannah Whitson : 
Mary born nth of 7th mo 1740. 
Hannah born 5th of 7th mo 1742. 
Henry born 15th of ist mo 1745. 
Thomas born loth of loth mo 1747. 
Kezia born 17th of 2d mo 1753. 

i886.] Records of the Society of Friends of Westbury, L. I. 22 1 

Children of William and Elizabeth Mott : 

William born 8th of ist mo 1743. 

Hannah born 4th of 6th mo 1744, died 15th of 3d mo 1750. 

James born 29th of 6th mo 1745. 

Elizabeth born 5th of 2d mo 1747. 

John born 17th of 2d mo 1749, died 7th of 3d mo 1750. 

Samuel born i6th of 12th mo 1750, 

Hannah born i8th of 4th mo 1753. 

John 2d born 24th of 6th mo 1755. 

Henry born 31st of 5th mo 1757. 

Richard born 20th of 8th mo 1759. 

Joseph born nth of ist mo 1762. 

Benjamin born 19th of 3d mo 1765. 

Children of Samuel 2d and Ann Underhill : 

Joseph born i of 8 mo 1 738. 

Samuel born 26 of 5 mo 1740. 

Robert born i of 10 mo 1742. 

Mary born 31 of i mo 1745. 

Andrew born 1 7 of 4 mo 1 749. 

James born 29 of 8 mo 1751, died 18 ot 11 mo 1752. 

Thomas born 18 of 5 mo 1755. 

Hannah born 10 of 3 mo 1757, died 12 of 9 mo 1760. 

Children of Thomas and Hannah Seaman of Westbury. He born 2d of 
nth mo 1712. She born 6th of loth mo 1711, died 23d of 7th mo 17=;^ • 
buneon born 31 of 8 mo 1743, died 9 of 2 mo 175 1. 
Gideon born 5 of 12 mo 1744. 
Ame born 25 of 12 mo 1746. 
Hannah born 3 of 8 mo 1749. 
Rachel born 30 of 3 mo 1752. 
Phebe born 9 of 5 mo 1755. 

Children of Richard and Ruth Willets of Jericho : 

Jacob born 8 of 8 mo 1 744. 

Mary born 27 of 6 mo 1746, died 9 of 5 mo 1751. 

Richard born 20 of 6 mo 1 748. 

James born 21 of 2 mo 1751, died 6 of 4 mo 1752. 

Amos born 21 of 4 mo 1753. 

Thomas born 7 of 4 mo 1757, died 22 of 11 mo 1758. 

Sarah born 23 of 10 mo 1759. 

Children of William and Mary Bedle : * 

Mordecai born 1 1 of 4 mo 1 745. 
Rachel born 18 of n mo 1750. 
Jehiel born 27 of 7 mo 1755. 

Qi. Sk'^^'^'!,.''^/^ ?^ ^""^ ^^""^^' ^^^^1^^^- He born 19th of 2d mo i 723. 
She (bemg d' of John Powell) born 17th of 6th mo 1725. ■ 

John born 3 of 9 mo 1 745. 

Job born 10 of 7 mo 1748. 

Jacob born 20 of n mo 1750. 

Daniel born 24 of 5 mo 1753. 

Henry born 13 of 10 mo 1755. 


Biographical Sketch of Gerlando Marsiglia. [J^^ly> 

James born i of 5 mo 1758. 
Thomas born 12 of 9 mo 1760. 
Phebe born i of i mo 1763. 
George born 14 of 6 mo 1765. 
Samuel born 10 of 5 mo 1769. 

Children of William Valentine Jr of Hempstead : 
Peggy born i of 5 mo 1753. 
Rachel born 13 of 2 mo 1755. 
Mary born 19 of 8 mo 1757. 

Children of Robert and Esther Seaman : 

Williams born 22 of 2 mo 1744, died 22 of 4 mo 1779. 

Children of Rowland and Ann Pearsall : 

Jane born 16 of 7 mo 1749. 

Henry born 25 of 8 mo 1751. 

Mary born 30 of 6 mo 1755. * 

Phebe born 22 of 3 mo 1757. 

WiUiam born 12 of 9 mo 1759. 

Amy born 21 of 10 mo 1761. 

Silas born 17 of 4 mo 1764. 

Thomas born 17 of 9 mo 1766. 

Wait born 17 of 2 mo 1770. 


Gerlando Marsiglia, son of Antonio and Catherina Romana Mar- 
siglia, was born at Palermo, Sicily, February 18, 1792. His father, Antonio 
Marsiglia, was a native of Sicily ; his mother, Catherina Romana, was a 
lady of an old Roman family, the name of Romana Catherina having been 
handed down for generations. 

At a very early age, Gerlando Marsiglia showed remarkable talent for 
painting and sketching, and it is said that, while at a country home in the 
village of Julianna, Sicily, he would arise after others were asleep and paint 
by the light of the moon, making his own colors from berries. When old 
enough, he was placed under the tuition of Sig. Pataina, of Palermo, who 
had the reputation of being the Raphael of Sicily, and who had painted 
some altar-pieces which vie with many of the renowned masters. Through 
the influence of a nobleman, a friend of Mr. Marsiglia's brother, Guiseppe 
Marsiglia, a priest of Palermo, he was admitted as a scholar to the Royal 
Academy of Naples, where he applied himself to study, and on one of the 
days upon which the Nobles visit the Academy and rewards are made, Ger- 
lando Marsiglia received the highest honors for historical painting. On 
March 22, 1810, he was decorated by Ferdinando, King of Sardinia, in the 
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. 

Naples continued to be his home, his fame grew, and on June 5, 181 7, 
while the King of France was visiting the Royal Academy at Naples, he 
ordered that Gerlando Marsiglia should be decorated with the Fleur de Lis, 
which was formally presented to him on February 20, 181 7. The following 
season he went to France, and was presented at the court of Louis XVIIL; 
he became fond'of the French capital, and spent some time there every year. 

1 886.] Biographical Sketch of Gerlando Marsiglia. 22^ 

In manners he was very elegant, and generally admired by the ladies ; 
by nature retiring and modest, but extremely impulsive ; he was very eccen- 
tric in dress, always wearing guimps and frog buttons, which gave him the 
appearance of a military man. Among his admirers and friends there was 
a young American, a lover of the fine arts, who was then studying in Italy ; 
this was a son of Robert Fulton. The two became much attached, so that 
Fulton finally persuaded Mr. Marsiglia to visit America with him.' They 
sailed together in the spring of 1824. Upon arriving in America, Mr, Mar- 
siglia was invited to the house of Robert Fulton upon the Hudson, where 
he passed some time, and by that family was introduced into society. It 
had been his intention soon to return to his native land ; but, receiving the 
tidings of the death of his mother, to whom he was greatly attached, his love 
for home diminished, and he became more interested in this country, though 
not abandoning the idea of ultimately returning to Italy, Amoncr his friends 
in America was Major Popham, whose portrait he painted, and gave it a 
prominent place in a Gallery of Fine Arts, which he opened with a gentle- 
man by the name of Clark on the corner of Reade Street and Broadway, 
in the old Lafarge building. This collection consisted of rare paintings • 
his word as to the authorship was relied upon, and he speculated in paint- 
nigs, but applied himself very little to work, although he painted a number 
of historical pieces. Among them was the "Landing of Columbus," "Queen 
Artemisia at the Tomb of her Husband," "Count Ugolino in Prison," 
"Julius Csesar and the Roman Senate," " Queen Esther before Ahasuerus/' 
" Telemachus on the Island of Calypso," and a " Sketch of the Deluge."' 

While upon a visit to Washington he copied the portrait of Baron Steu- 
ben from the original, painted by Stewart, of London. A fire in the ro- 
tunda of the Capitol destroyed the original. The copy painted by Mar- 
siglia was sold to the City of New York, purchased by Mayor Woodhull in 
1850, and is now to be seen in the Mayor's Room in City Hall, New York 
The portrait of Major Popham, painted by Mr. Marsiglia, 'was sold to 
the Cincinnati Society, of which Major Popham was the President, 

Mr, Marsiglia was one of the founders of the National Academy of De- 
sign, of New York ; was an Academician, and took an active part to promote 
Its interest. About the year 1832 he formed the acquaintance of a very 
estimable and accomplished lady, who, although past the spring of life, was 
still the artist's ideal of beauty. This was Mrs. Eliza H. Ballentine Char- 
ruaud, a lineal descendant of Sir George Carteret, and in the year 1837 
they were married. Two children were born to them, a son and a daugh- 
ter ; the son bore the name of his father and paternal grandfather— Ger- 
lando Antonio— and the daughter that of her paternal grandmother— Cath- 
arina Romana. About the year 1849 Mr. Marsiglia's health began to 
decline, and on September 8, 1850, he passed away, at the age of fifty- 
seven, leaving a widow and one daughter. He was interred at Calvary 
Cemetery, L. I., and over his remains a simple monument was erected 
bearing the palette and brushes, with the following inscription : ' 

" Friends of Sicily, drop a tear, 
A son of genius sleepeth here. 
God called him to a realm so fair, 
Neither sorrow nor death can enter there." 
Mr. Marsiglia's collection of paintings were sold by Henry H Leeds 
December 5, 1850, at No. 8 Wall Street. Among them was a "Madonna 
and Child," considered by Mr. Marsiglia to be a Correggio : also the 
" Holy Family," by Rafaelle. 

2 24 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [July? 

CITY OF NEW YORK.— Baptisms. 

(Continued from Vol. XVII,, p. io8, of The Record.) 

A* 1713. 

Septenib. 4. 








Richard Care, Maria Jan. 

John Thome, Mary- George. 

tje Brestede. 
William Hunt, Geer- William. 

tru5>d Van Schoon- 

Jacobus Kip, Catha- Catharina. 

lina de Hart. 

Wiliem Van de Wa- Hendrikus. 

ter, Aefje Ringo. 
Timothe Tilly, Eliza- Maria. 

beth Burger. 
Hendrik Ver Duyn, Cornelus. 

Sara Stefenson. 
Thomas Sickels, Jan- Marretje. 

netje Brevoort. 
Johannes Van der Johannes. 

Heul, Jannetje Ro- 

Wessel Wessels, Ma- Frans. 

ria Ten Yk. 
Rlithgert Waldrom, Johannes. 

Debora Pel. 
Philip Menthorne, Annatje. 

Hillegont Webber. 
Richard Treuman, Pieter. 

Cornelia Haring. 
Hendrik Franse, An- Jan. 

na Maria Sippe. 
Jan' Pieterse, Geer- Christina. 

truy Hattem. 
Isaac Be'dlo, Susanna Hermina. 

John Macpheadris, Susanna. 

Helena Jonson. 
Jacobus Moene, Grie- Margrietje. 

tje Dircks. 
Johannes Van Gelder, Gerret. 

Neeltje Onkelbag. 
Cornelus de Peyster, Margreta. 

Cornelia Dissing- 

Pieter Couwenhove, Belitje. 

Wyntje Ten Yk. 
Francis Silvester, Ann. 

Ytje Bosch. 5 


Jan de Lamontagne, He- 
lena Bunsing. 

Symons Brestede, Mar- 

Jeames Waters, Maria 

Tho. Car, Abrh:V. Vlek, 

Margrietje Moiirits, 

Tobias Stoutenburg, 

Wyntje Byvank. 
Gerret Hassing, EHzabeth 

Burger, Se'. 
Charles Leroux, Maria 

Ver Duyn. 
Wiliem Rome, Jannetje 

Jan Rosevelt, Maria de 


Frans Wessels, Geertje 

Vredrik Willemse, Mary- 

tje Waldrom. 
Jaques Fonteyn, Anneke 

Theunis & \ r\'- \ 

Vroiiwtje f ^ 
Johannes Van de Water, 

Baefje, s: h^ vrouw. 
Barnardus Smith, Annatje 

Colevelt, s: h^ v"^. 
Abraliam Bradjor, Geesje, 

ft. v. v. Dan' Liewis. 
Johannes ) t l 

Anna [Johnson. 

Samuel Staats, Catharina, 
s: h^ v^ 

Gerret Onkelbag, Aefje 
V. Gelder. 

Philip Van Cortlant, Eli- 
zabeth Dissington. 

Frans V. Couwenhove, 

Mary tje Mesier. 

Pieter & ) -d i 
o . \ Bosch. 


1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A* 1713. 


Octob: 4. 







Jan A 1 1 e n, Tryntj e Jan. 
30. Wybrants. 

Abraham V. Deiirse, Catharina. 

Lucretia Bogardiis. 
Johannes Hooglant, Catlyntje. 

Sen', Jenneke An- 

Wouter Hyer, Anna- Petrus. 

tje Blom. 
Jan V. Hoorn, Joris Jan. 

soon, Magdaleentje 

Jan Wilkes, Margrie- Cornelia. 

tje Dow. 
Fredrik Sebring, Ma- Catharina. 

rytje Provoost. 


Jan Oin, Dina Michielse. 

Evert & Grietje Pels. 

Abrah. Lefferts, Saartje 
Hooglant, s. h, v. 

Jan Hyer, Hester Blom. 

David Cosaar, Styntje 
Joris, s. h. V. 

Barent de Kleyn, Corne- 
lia V. Varik, s: h: v'. 

David Provoost, jont, 
zoon, Catharina Pro- 

Pieter Wesselse, Antje 

vHendrikus Coerte, Elizabeth. 
Elizabeth de Rie- 
Fredrik Bolt, Alida Anna Maria. Pieter V. Dyk, Rachel 

Volkert Heermans, Egbert. 

Margrietje Ecke- 

Dirck Egbertse, Mar- Egbert. 

grietje Teller. 
J o z e p h Waldrom, Daniel. 

Antje Woeder. 

M i c h i e 1 Somerendyk, 
Saartje Heermans. 

Isaac de Riemer, Se", 

Aefje Bratt. 
Fredrik Willemse, Sara 


Aarnout Schermer- Willemyntje. Aernout Fiele, Willempje 

hoorn, Mary tje 

Adries Myer, Geert Vroiiwtje. 

Sybrant Brouwer, Sa- Cornelus. 

ra Webbers. 
David Janse, Antje Johannes. 

Ide Myer, Anna Ra- Elizabeth. 

Johannes Brouwer, Elizabeth. 

Mary tje Lam. 
Philip Van Cortlant, Abraham. 

Catharina de Peys- 


James Resow, Maria Maria. 

Elias Brevoort, Grie- Grietje. 

tje Sam mans. 

* The parents 'themselves. 

V. Hoesen. 

Johannes Myer, Elizabeth 

Garb rants. 
Cornelus Webber, Claasje 

Jan Pouwelse, Antje Van 

Johannes Myer, Elsje 


Jacob & ) ^ 
■' ^, • >■ Coning. 
Claasje \ ° 

Jacobus V. Cortlant, Ca- 
tharina de Pevster, h: 
V. Van Coll. Abrah: de 

De Ouders selve.* 

Thomas | S a m m a n s , 
Rachel \ jonge lieden.f 

t Voung people. 

2 26 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A* 1713. 
Novenib. i. 






Decemb. 4. 


Anthony Kip, Maria 

Gerret Burger, Saar- 

tje Martens. 

Daniel de Voor, En- 
geltje CorneKis. 

Hendrik Buys, Wil- 
lempje Oostrum. 

Abraham Van Gelder, 
Catlyntje Post. 

WiUiam Gowin, Mar- 
gareta Daniels, 

John Ellen, Johanna 

John Home, Rachel 

Hendrik Kuyler, Ma- 
ria Jacobz. 

Cornel us Romme, 
Maria Kierstede. 

Nicolaas Daly, Eliza- 
beth Krigier. 

Lammert Van Dyk, 
Marretje Hooglant. 

Steven Callebost, Eli- 
zabeth Marchel. 

Elias Ellesse, Sara 

Christoffel Beekman, 
Maria de Lanoy. 

Jurian Wei, Aaltje 

John Smith, Rachel 

Cornelus Clopper, 

Aefje Luykas. 
Jan Stoutenburg, 

Henrica Duyking. 
Willem Backet, Pie- 

ternella V. de Wa- 
Matheiis Bensen, Ca- 

tharina Provoost. 
Johannes de Foreest, 

Catharina Raven- 
















Johannes Byvank, Saratje 

Thomas Scurlock, Eva 

Burger, s. hs: v'. 

Jan Merynes, Barentje 

Pieter & | 

Jat\netje j 





a V 




Johannes V. Gelder, Se", 
Aefje Van Gelder. 

Cornelus ) p^^^^.i^. 
Jannetje \ 

Abrah. Bradjor, Marretje 
V. d"" "Spiegel. 

David janse, Grietje 

Dom: Petrus van Dries- 
sen, Eva Kuyler, s. h. 
V. r. 

Jacobtis Kierstede, Ari- 
aantje Elsewarth. 

Symon Krigier, Margrie- 
tje Kool. 

Abrah. Lefferts, Annatje 
Hooglant, Wed^ 

William Homan, Eliza- 
beth Slow. 

Cornelus Woertendyk, 
Rachel Peers. 

Abraham de Lanoy, Ma- 
ria Duyking. 

Jobannes \ 
Marretje J ■' 

Denys Woertman, Ytje 

Steven Ver Brakel, Dina 
Kloppers, s: h"^ v'. 

Cornelus Klopper, Jun', 
Jannetje Van Sane. 

Gerrardus Duyking, Ma- 
ria Duyking, 

Francoa Bocket, Pieter- 
nella V. de Water. 

Johannes Kerfbyl, Eliza- 
beth Bensen. 

Hendrikus de Foreest, 
Saratje Van Dam. 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 227 

A' 1713. 




A° 1714. 
January i. 



Falentyn Preslar, Hans Jlirie. 
Anna Christina 

Hendrik Claase Kiiy- Elizabeth. 

per, Jannetje Ver 

Steve Richard, Maria Hendrikus. 

Van Briig. 
Arie Koning, Rachel Rachel. 
. Peek. 
Philip Blakledge, VVil- Annatje. 

lempje Sluys. 
Fredrik Wi 11 em se, Sara. 

Marytje VValdrom. 
Johannes Peek, Jacob. 

Tryntje Helhake. 
John Lasly, Rachel Marretje. 

Johannes Thomasse, Engeltje. 

Marretje V. Duur- 

Dirk Van Houte, An- Helmech. 

netje (xarbrantz. 
^ Anthony de Mel, Ma- Sara. 

ria Provoost. 
Corn el us VVoerten- Elizabeth. 

d y k, J e n n e k e 

Johannes Henejon, Hendrik. 

Margreta Daly. 
Gerret Hassing, En- Barnardus. 

geltje Burgers. 
Samuel Provoost, Ma- John. 

ria Sprat. 
James Marke, Sara Barnardus. 

John Smith, Judith Dirk. 

Robberd Flossie, Ca- Robbin. 

tharina Dircx. 
Barnardus Bo u ting, Johannes. 

Susanna Pieters. 

VVessel Van Norde, Hester. 

Jaquemyntje Cou- 

Samiiel FCip, Margrie- Albert. 

tje Rykman. 
Jacob Risch, Eva Johannes. 



Hans Jiiria Pechor, Eliza- 
beth Roseboom. 

Jan Ver Kerk, Geertje 
Claase Kuyper. 

Jacobus Bayard, Hille- 
gond de Kay, s: h: v®. 

Gysbert ) V a n I ni - 
Jannetje ) burg. 

Pieter Stoutenburg, Wil- 
lempje Uytenbogert. 

Jan de Lamontagne, An- 
natje V. Deurse. 

Coenraat Ten Yk, Catha- 
rina Boele. 

Cornelus ) 

Andries Abran^se, Jan- 
netje Thomas. 


Gerret V. Wagene, Mar- 
retje Garbrants. 

Joseph Hodvverd, Sara de 

Fredrik Woertendyk, 
Rachel Peers. 

Barent Kool, Hester 

David Aartse, Heyltje 

John Sprat, Catharina 

Provoost, David*" h. v'. 
Willem Bogert, Susanna 

Johannes Outman, Jn', 

Anna D'harietten. 
William & 

Godfry Molhern, Hans 

Jacob Boes, Alagdale- 

na Smith. 
Samuel Pel, Marytje Me- 


Albert Rykman, Jacobus 
Ki[), Catharina Bries. 

Jan Coning, Elizabeth 


228 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 


A" 1 714. 

January 27. 

February 3. 

d' 7. 





Isaac V. Deiirse, An- 
netje Waldrom. 

Anthony Ham, Eli- 
zabeth Meyer. 

Isaac de Riemer, Jn', 
Antje Woertman. 

WiUiam Lendith, Wil- 
lempje Uytenbo- 

Samuel Lee, Antje 

John Wood, Susanna 

Burger David, Ma- 
rytje Romme. 

Jacob Swaan, Dirck- 

Stephantis V. Cort- 
lant, Catharina 

Mathys Laning, Cor- 
nelia Hendrikse. 

Pieter V, Ranst, Sa- 
ra Kierstede. 

Willem Rome, Anne- 
tje Wessels. 

Johan Philip Stays, 
Anna Catharina 

Jacobus V. Varik, 
Anna Maria Bre- 

Harmanus Myer, He- 
lena Post. 

Jacob Hassing, Cor- 
nelia Dykman. 

William Farbosch, 
Maria Palding. 

Abraham Aalsteyn, 
Marretje Janse. 

Frans Garbrantse, 
Elizabeth Wessels. 

Harmanus Ruthgers, 
Catharina Myers. 









Hans Michel. 









Abraham V. Deurse & 
Annatje, s. h^ v'. 

Johannes Myer, Cornelia 

Isaac Gouverne<ir, Sara 

Staats, s. h. v. 
Mar tin us Crigier, Jan- 

netje V. Dyk, s: h= v'. 

Joris E 1 z e w a r t h, Sara 

Thorn: Ell, Abrate Brad- 

jor, Anna Chiirchel. 
Frans Van Dyk, Pieter- 

nella Elzewarth. 
Jacob Ten Yk, Neeltje 

M"" Samuel Staats, Geer- 

truy V. Kortlant. 

Antony Bj-vank, Teuntje, 
s: h^ V'. 

'Johan Michel Stays, Mag- 
dalena Zicks. 

Jan & 

Van Varik. 


Jan Nieuwkerke, Jen- Jannetje. 

neke Brestede. 
William Walton, Ma- Abraham. 

ria Santfort. 

Marte Myer, Immetje V. 

Dyk, s. h. V. 
Dirk Dykman, Willemyn- 

tje Pieters. 
Johannes Hardenbroek, 

Ellener Hichkok. 
Johannes Romme, Antje, 

s: h^ v'. 
Willem Romen, Aaltje 

Anthony Rutgers, Catha- 
rina Rlitgers, s: moe- 

Bout Wessels e, Maria 

Abrate Van Vlek, Sytje 


1 886. J Records of tlie Reformed Dutch Church iti Netv York. 
A° 1714. 


Meert 5. 


April 10. 



May 2. 


Johannes Ten Yk, Hendrik. 

Wyntje Aretse. 
Jacobtis Beermans, Geertje. 

Marretje Bries. 
Cornelus Meserol, Jan. 

Jannetje Horns. 

Jan Hibon, Antje 

Jacob Preyer, Lea 

Fredrik Woertendyk, 

Dievertje Quacken- 

Jacob Marius Groen, 

Maria Salisbury. 
Simson Benson, J', 

Maria Boke. 
Isaac Brat, Dievertje 

J o c h e ni R o e 1 o f s e, 

Jannetje de Lange. 
Willem Teller, Maria 

Daniel Liewes, Gees- 

je Brad j or. 
Hendrikus V. Gelder, 

F e ni ni e t j e Wy- 

Dirk Bensen, Jn", 

Lvsbeth Rethlif. 


John Balads, Alida Elizabeth. 

Abraham Barsjow, Jacobus. 

Geertje Bres. 
Johannes Elsewarth, Robberd. 

Sara Blakwell. 
Samuel Jacobs, Aefje Samuel. 


Engel Hoft', Maria Willem. 

Charles Filipz, Maria Thomas. 

Ten Broek. 
John Chissel, Janne- Tryntje. 

tje Buys. 
Jacobus Mouritz, Eli- Elzebeth. 

zabeth Stevens. 
Gidion Kastang, Ca- Isaac. 

tharina Cokever. 


Jiirian Witvelt, Johanna 

Ten Yk. 
Benjamin de Snyer, Ytje, 

s. h. v'. 
Jan Prys, Maretje, s. h^ 



Johannes Hibon, Maria 



Pieter Post, Catharina 



Cornelus Woertendyk, 

Jannetje Peers. 


Balthazar de Hart, Alida 



Dirk Bensen, Jacomyntje 



Dirk Egbertse, Maria 

Wessels, huys v'. 


Daniel Indevoor, Marre- 

tje de Lange. 


Jeremias Kennvf, Rachel 



Thomas Evins, Cornelia 

•i , 



Jan Poiiwelse, Geertruyd 


Egbert Van Borssum, 
Elizabeth Bensing, s. 
h. v. 

Margreta Henneson, Ba- 
rent Kool. 

Jacobus Barsjow, Catha- 
rina Bras. 

Joris, Jn' ) ^. ^, 

■^ e \ Elzewarth. 

Sara j 

Warner Burger, Fredrik 

Woertendyk, Margrie- 

tje Burgers. 
Gidion Castang, Dina 


Hendrik ^\^,.. 

Aaltje P"y^- 

Gerardus Mourits, Mar- 

grietje Stevens. 

Jan& It-, . , 

r-i • .• r Marmus. 
Christma \ 

Isje [ 

Ten Broek. 

230 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [J^^ly> 

A' 1714. 




oseph Smith, 


Johanna 1 


grieta Corsen 

Mary- \ 
tje. \ 



May 16. 


Juny 6. 



JMy 4. 

Hendrik Vonk, Ca- 
tharina Hegemans. 

Hendrik Sling, Mary- 
tje Franse. 

Francis Baesly, Hil- 
letje Krankheyt. 




Gaspares Bosch, Jan- Jannetje. 

netje Meeden. 
Hendrik Bras, Mar- Catharina. 

grietje Helm. 
Jan Rosevelt, Heyl- Hilletje. 

tje Sjoerte. 

Aarnout Hendriks, Hendrik. 

Geertje Claase. 
Harmanus Bensing, Victoor. 

Aaltje Bickes. 
Johannes Buys, Mar- Rebecka. 

retje Brouwers. 
Johannes Turk, An- Maria. 

tje Cornelias Kuy- 

Alexander Fenix, Hester. 

Hester "Vian Vorst. 
Davidt Kermer, De- Hendrikus. 

bora Berrie. 

Mathys Buys, Eliza- Marretje. 

beth Arianse. 
Sjoert Olphertz, Do- Hendrik. 

rathe Greenham. 
Willem Krom, Wyn- Geertje. 

tje Rosa. 
Corn el lis Klopper, Andries. 

Jn"", Catharina 

Cornelias Turk, Eliza- PoMus. 

beth V. Schaik. 
Cornelias Rapalje, Jo- Titia. 

hanna Anthonidus. 

Charles Cromlyn, Anna. 
Anna Singlair. 


Cornelias Kierstede, 
Marretj e Van der 
Martinus Crigier, Eli- 
zabeth Kierstede, 
Joost Lynse, Elizabeth 

Thomas Franse, Metje 

Sibouwt Harx, Marretje 

Justus Bosch, Antje 
Smith, s: h^: vrouvv. 

Gerret Bras en Catharina, 
zyn hi vrow. 

Jacobus Rosevelt, Sara 
Rosevelt, h. v. van 
Nico^ Rosevelt, Jn'. 

Samlael Shahaan, Marre- 
tje Eash. 

Willem Hyer, Claasje 

Hendrik Buys, Willempje, 
s: buys vrouvv. 

Corneltis Claase & Pou- 
lus Turk, Marretje 

Davidt Cosaar, Tr\>ntje 
Van Couwenhove. 

Bartholomeiis Schaats, 
Christina Kermer, s. h. 

Dirk Dykman, Elizabeth 
de Groot. 

Cornelias Clopper, Se', 
Aaltje Sjoerts. 

Harmanus Rutgers, Ca- 
tharina Meyer, s. h. v"". 

Johannes Greveraad, An- 
na Magnight, Anna 

Poulus Turk, Aaltje Van 

D°™. Wantsentius Ant- 
honidus Wichalt, Fem- 
metje Bennet. 

John Cottin, Wyntje By- 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 23 1 

A' 1714. 






Gerret Van Laar, Jannetje. 
Jannetje Streddels. 

Jacob Franse, Antje Casparus. 

Abraham W e n de 1, Lucretia. 

Catharina de Kay. 
Joris Dykman, Cat- Jannetje. 

Ivntje Theunis. 
Gerret Keteltas, Aaltje. 

Catharina Van 

Jan F o rseur, Eva Jacob. 

Willem Brouvver, Ma- Catharina. 

rytje Van Oort. 

Augustus I. Dirk Koek, Susanna Thomas. 

Jacob Coning, Claasje Isaac. 

Abraham Leffers, Sa- EHzabeth. 
ra Hooglant. 
4. Gerret de Wendel, Gerrardiis. 

Cornelia Blank. 
Jacoblis Mol, Lidia Annatje. 
■ William Maddix, Su- Isaac, 
sanna Bradjor. 
8. Abraham Van Hoorn, Davidt. 

Maria Provoost. 
Elbert Aartse, Johan- Johanna, 
na Ten Yk. 
II. A n d r i e s Harden- Christoffel. 

broek, Femme.tje 
Van Der Klyf. 
15. Barent de Boog, Ra- Annatje. 

chel Hoppe. 
22. Theunis Van Woert, Sara. 

Agnietje Van der 
25. Anthony Caar, Anne- Maria, 

tje Huyke. 
Jacobus Rosevelt, Johannes, 
Catharina Harden- 
29. Jacobus de Kay, Sara Elizabeth. 

Theunis Van Vegte. Sara. 
Antje Heermans. 


Jacob lis Rosevelt, Ca- 
tharina Hai;denbroek, 
s. h. V. 

Luykas Pieterse, Mari, s: 
h^ V'. 

Capt'. Charles Van Brugh, 
Sara Wendel. 

Theunis Idese, Jannetje 

Abraham Keteltas, Aaltje 
Keteltas, s: dogter. 

Gidion Kastang, Catha- 
rina Buyls. 

Johannes Peek, Antje 

S y m o n Crigier, Anna 

Banker, Wed: van Coll. 

J. de Peyster. 
Frederik Woertendyk, 

Dievertje Quakkenbos. 
Johannes Hooglant, Se', 

Abigail Pieters. 
Jan Cannon & Marj-tje 

Legran, s. h. v. 
Anthony Iviewis, Aegje 

Barnardus Smith, Sara 

David Provoost, Jn"", 

Aefje Theobles. 
Jurian Witvelt, Johanna 

Adolphus Hardenbroek, 

Sara Hardenbroek. 

Salomon Vredriks, An- 
netje Brat, s: \t vrouw. 

Hendrikiis Van der Spie- 
gel, Sara Van Dam. 

Denys Verduyn, Maria s: 

h^ vroiiw. 
Nicolaas Rosevelt, S"", 

Sara Hardenbroek. 

Jacobus Bayard & Abrah: 
Wendel, HelenadeKay. 
Ruben Van Vegte, Sara 

232 Records of the First a7id Second Presbyterian Chtirches. [July, 


(Continued from Vol. XVI., p. 54, of The Record.) 








































Quackenbos. Feb. 13' 


2 7' 


J 3. 






Dorothy Margaret, Dau"" of Rob' Johnson and 

Ann Dean his wife, born Dec"^ 21^', 1784. 
Jane, Dau"' of Andrew Grey & Ehz* Moorhead 

his wife, born Dec' 20*, 1784. 
Alexander John, son of Alex"' Stewart & Eliz* 

McCurdy his wife, born Jan'^^ i^', 1783. 
Agness, Dau"" of John Glover & Elizabeth 

Miller his wife, born Dec"" 13*, 1784. 
William, son of William Davidson & 

Ferrie his wife, born Dec" 22*^, 1784. 
Catharine, Dau"' of John Bean & Eliz*'' Blake 

his wife, born April 5"^, 1783. 
George Clinton, son of John Quackenbos & 

Catharine De Witt his wife, born Dec"' 21^', 


Piatt, son of D"' Piatt Townend & Martha 

Dickenson his wife, born Nov" 21''', 1784. 
Sarah, Dau" of Robert Brough & Sarah Lowtet 

his wife, born Jan'^ 23^^, 1785. 
Ann, Dau" of John McQueen & Eliz"" Johnson 

his wife, born Feb"^ 18* 1785. 
Elizabeth, Dau" of Robert Berwick and Mary 
Van Dewort his wife, born March 16*, 
, Elizabeth, Dau" of William VanWart and 
Deborah Parkes his wife, born Dec" 25**", 
Phoebe, Dau" of Joseph Cheesman and Eliz* 

Crawford his wife, born July 10*, 1779. 
Elizabeth, their Dau", born May is"", 1782. 
, Samuel, their son, born Feb"^ I7*^ 1785. 
, Walter, son of John Dongal & Abigail Skidman 

his wife, born Feb"^ 20*, 1785. 
, James Galatian, son of Peter Warner & Mary 

Vandal his wife, born Feb"^ 4*, 1785. 
, John, Son of Samuel Allen and Hannah 
Grant his wife, born Jan'^ 31''', 1785. 
Cary, Son of Donald Morrison and Mary 
Gordon his wife, born March g"', 1785. 
. William Nathan Smith, Son of William De- 
Grove and Eliz'^ Elsworth his wife, born 
Feb"^ 24"\ 1785. 



























Notes and Queries. 








Walter, Son of Walter DeGraw and Icly 

Blank his wife, born Feb'^ I6'^ 1785. 
Henry, Son of Ephraim Whitlock and Ann 

Tieboiit his wife, born Yeh'^ 26"', 1785. 
Catharine, Dau"" of Isaiah Wool and Marg' 

Whitlock his wife, born Feb'^ 17"^, 1785. 
Hugh, Son of Daniel McCleary and Mary 

McClure his wife, born Sepf i'', 1784. 
Annabella, Dau' of WilHam Edgar and Isa- 
bella White his wife, born March 6"^, 1785. 
William, Son of William Jennings and Janet 

Clark his wife, born March 2'^, 1785. 
Martha Mary, Dau' of Samuel Brant and 

Judith Burdit his wife, born Feb^ 8'^ 1784. 
James Arden, Son of Hezekiah Ivers and 

Mary Arden, his wife, born Jan^^ 2 7'^ 1785. 
James, Son of James Lewis and Eliz* Deas 

his wife, born March I8'^ 1785. 
John, Son of Angus Sutherland and Eliz"' 

Deas his wife, born April 19* 1785. 
Daniel McCormick, Son of David Cation and 

Susannah Lasher his wife, born April 7* 

Lewis Son of John Eaton LeCompte and 

Jane Sloan his wife, born Aug' 4'^ 1782. 
John Eaton, their son, born Aug* 4"^, 1782. 


Pedigree of the Elwes Family. -In the account of "Some Descendants of 
Robert and^nne Drummond," contained in the January number of this magazine it was 
stated that Rachel Thomas, of Elizabeth Town, N. J., one of them, married Captain 
John ii/7cvj- (there misspelled Elwan), of the British Army, which was on Au"u«t4 1761 
from that date the Elwes family register begins, in this country. But as it is'' of interest" 
and sometimes of importance, to learn the nexus between the original family in the old 
country and their offshoots in this, we beg leave here to record the Elwes Enalish pedi- 
gree, just received from a young friend in this city, Mr. Charles A. Smith whols a ereat- 
great-grandson of Captain John Elwes, the first of the name in America 

It begins with William Elwes, of Askham, in Nottinghamshire, who married 

Levesy, of Lancaster. Their children were: (i) Edward Elwes, of Askham ; (2) Tohn 
Elwes, of Wooloby, Lancashire; (3) Thomas Elwes, of Lawlethorpe, Nottine • (a\ 
Geoffrey Elwes, Alderman of London, m. Eliza Cabot. ' 

Second English Gcn.-ralwn.— [On record] (i) Sir Gervaise Elwes, Lieutenant of the 
Tower, son of John of Lancaster-no descendants ; (2) John, son of Geoffrey, London 
Alderman, also Alderman. 

Third Etiglish Generation.— ?Ax Gervaise, of Woodford, Essex, who m Frances 2d 
dau. of Sir Robert Lee, of Billesbe, Warwickshire. Their children [fourth ^etierat]on\ 
were: ( I) Sir Gervaise; (2) Robert, unmarried ; (3) Jeremy, of London, merchant m 

Lee, of that city ; (4) John, of Grove House, near Fulham, Middlesex, m Eliza' 

dau. of W. Raleigh, of Earl Horseley, Surrey. ' 

Fifth Generation.~(\) Sir Gervaise, of Stoke College, created Bart 12th y of 

Charles II., d. May, 1705, m. Amy, dau. of Dr. Trigg, of Highworth, Wiltshire • (2) 

Mary, who m. Thomas Plomly, father of Sir Walter P. Jeremy E., of London' had 

issue as follows : (i) Jer. Elwes; (2) Catherine, m. Mr. S., of London • (■>) ' 

Elwes, m. Dr. Pagitt, of Doctors Commons. Children of Sir Gervaise and Amy Tri^e • 
(I) Fr. Elwes, d. young; (2) Gervaise, who d. before his father, m. Isabell dau Sir 

234 Notes and Queries. [July, 

Thomas Hervey, of Ickwoorth ; (3) Frances, bapt. 1659,111. Ralph Bronsall, of Bed- 
ford; (4) Rebecca, b. i66o, d. 1662 ; (5) Eliza, b. 1663; (6) Ann, b. 1665, d. 1711 ; (7) 
Charles, b. 1667, d. 1669; (8) William, b. 1668, m. Eliza — ; (9) Amy, m. Sir J. Robin- 
son, of Denton-hall, Suffolk; (10) Richard Elwes ; (11) John Elwes. 

Sixth Getteration. — Children of Gervaise and Isabella Hervey : (i) Sir Henry Elwes, 
Bail, of Stoke College — succeeded to his grandfather's title and estates — d. unmarried, 
October 22, 1763; (2) John, d. September 15, 1750; (3) Isabella, d. 1774; (4) Amy, 

m. Meggott. Children of William and Eliza: (i) John; (2) Gervaise, b. 1699; 

(3) Thomas, b. 1700 ; (4) William, b. 1701. 

Seventh Generation. — (i) Meggott, m. John Timms ; (2) John Meggott — m- 

herited the Stoke estates from the will of his uncle, Sir Hervey, and took the name and 
arms of Elwes — d. at Marcham, Berkshire, November 26, 1789. Children of William 
Elwes (b. 1701): (i) Henry Elwes; (2) Captain John Elwes, B.A., m. Rachel 
Thomas, dau. of Edward Thomas and Sarah Drummond, of Elizabeth Town, N. J. 

Eighth Generation (in England). — (i) Richard Timms, Colonel of Second Troop of 

Horse Guards, m. Hughes of Eltham, Kent (their son, John, the latest English 

descendant on our memorandum). The children of William Elwes, the first American- 
born of this name and family, son of Captain John Elwes and Rachel Thomas, were ; 
(l) W. Henry Alfred Elwes, Surgeon in U. S. A., of Baltimore, Md. , m. Catherine, dau. 
of George Cummings Thomas, Esq., of Elizabeth, N. J. ; (2) Amelia Anna Mary 
Elwes; (3) Rachel Mary Matilda; (4) Henry M. Augustine, R. Cath. priest. 

N'inth Generation. — Children of Dr. W. H. Alfred Elwes and Catherine Thomas : 
(l) William, d. in California ; (2) Anna Provost, m. Albert M. Smith, of New York. 

No one of the Elwes name descending from this old English family is now known in 
this country. william hall. 

New York, April 16, 1886. 

Vannuxum. — This old Philadelphia family were originally from Dunquerque, 
Flanders. Mr. James Vannuxum was a merchant in that city, whose name, as such, ap- 
pears in the first Philadelphia Directory, which was issued in 1785, one year prior to the 
earliest in New York. He married Rebecca Clark, a granddaughter of Thomas Clark, 
who emigrated from East Haddam, Conn., quite early in the last century to Egg Harbor, 
N. J. Her brother, or uncle, Elijah Clark, was a delegate to the Provincial Congress 
that met in Trenton in 1776. A grave-stone in an old burying-ground at " Clark's 
Landing," Gloucester County, South Jersey, marks the last resting-place of Thomas 
Clark. We would like to know the dates on it. The family was some way connected 
with the Symmeses, but how we are not able to say. Further information is desired. 
Symmes was the name of their pastor in Millington Parish, Conn., who also left there for 
New Jersey in 1743. A few years subsequent to the Revolution, Mr. Vannuxum, a 
man of wealth, visited, with his family, in his private carriage, his wife's kindred in Lyme, 
Conn., and made quite a sensation among them. w. H. 

New York, May 18, 1884. 

The Drummonds of Prestonpans, Scotland. — The following records respecting 
this family have been received in a letter from the Rev. Dr. Struthers, minister of the 
Church of Scotland, in the above-mentioned town, dated " Prestonpans Manse, May i, 
1886," and addressed to the undersigned, which thus reads : 

" It gives me pleasure to reply to your queries regarding your ancestral connections 
of the name of Drummond formerly residing in this parish. I may mention that I have 
had several similar inquiries from Canada and the States, and have been led to examine 
our baptismal and other parochial registers very carefully, which exist from 1595 down- 
ward. All that were known to be in existence when I became minister of this parish, 
forty-two years ago, we»e, in compliance with an Act of Parliament passed about thirty 
years ago, transmitted to the General Registry Ofhce in Edinburgh, for safe custody, 
where they can be consulted only on fees paid. At a subsequent date, however, I in- 
cidentally discovered the four earliest volumes among musty, illegible papers in the reposi- 
tories of a deceased townsman, and from excerpts from them and others, I gladly give 
you the following, wherein the name of Drummond appears. In Prestonpans Baptismal 
Ref^istry, subsequent to 1595, there are entered under the name of Drummond, thus; 

" 1659. Robert D. and his wife, ' Isabel Melvine,' had a son, Gavin, baptized June 

" 1662. R. D. and I. M. had another son, Alexander, bapt. June 8th, one of the 
witnesses being Alexander Drummond. 

1 886.] Notes and Queries. 235 

" 1668. R. D. and his wife, I. ' Melvill,' had another son, George, bapt. March 8th. 

" 1668. James D. and his wife, Elspeth Brown, had a daughter, Katherine, bapt, 
April 19th, one of the witnesses being Robert D. (probably R. D. of 1659). 

" 1692. Alexander D. and his wife, Sophia Mairs, had a daughter, Helen, bapt. 
August 7th, one of the witnesses being James D. of 1668. 

"i 713- John D. and Christine Hamilton, his wife, had a son, James, bapt. April 17th. 

" 1714. Also another son, John, bapt. September 9th. 

"In the marriage register there occur, under date March 30, 1615, Thomas Drum- 
mond and Janet ' Mabie.' 

"Mr. Paton, formerly of Kingston, Canada, of an eminent commercial house in New 
York, is ancestrally connected with this district of Scotland, and may possibly be able to 
help you in your inquiries, if deemed worth pursuing into details." 

Relative to the genealogical information thus 'kindly given by the Rev. Dr. Struthers, 
we would remark that it seems to afibrd no certain clew to the family and birth-place of 
Robert Drummond, of ancient New York, in search of which the inquiry was made, ex- 
cept we regard as such the baptismal name of one of his grandsons in Elizabeth, N. J., 
which was George Drummond Thomas. 

Relative to the valuable fact reported in this letter, of the transmission, some years 
ago, of the Scotch parochial records to the General Registry Office in Edinburgh, we 
would here add the information given, in one of our late historical magazines, perhaps, 
that Thomas Dickson, Esq., is the present curator of that office, and that " purely anti- 
quarian and genealogical searches are without office fees .'''' 

Our distinguished correspondent, the Rev. Dr. Struthers, Secretary of the " Scottish 
Bible Society," incidentally mentions in this letter that he was in New York in Octo- 
ber, i88o, and just returned from a visit to the Holy Land, at which time he "had the 
privilege of hearing a very interesting sermon from the Rev. Dr. Hall, of this city." 
New York, May 13, 1886. w. H. 

[Since the foregoing was written, the following item was published in a Monmouth 
County (N. J.) paper. — Editor.] 

" Mr. Isaac C. Kennedy, who has given much attention to conveyancing and searching 
of titles, frequently runs across old relics in the way of ancient deeds. Among his last 
researches he unearthed a quaint and interesting specimen in an original conveyance from 
the Indians, for the lands about Deal Lake, to Garvin Drummond, a descendant of the 
Scottish Earl of Melford. The grant was given in the name and behalf of the Governor 
and Proprietors of East Jersey, and signed by Wee Wanaman, Massekaman, and Waywma- 
tunce, chief sachems, with the consent of the rest of the Indians. The lands were gen- 
erally described as lying within the branches of Great Pond, called by the Indians Wicka- 
pecko. As is generally known, the East Jersey Proprietors required purchasers to secure 
a title from the Indians before taking possession. The payment for this valuable mes- 
suage was one gun, five match coats, one kettle, and two pounds of powder. The docu- 
ment was dated April 6, 1687." 

Natural Heirship. — The Publication Committee desire to call attention to a re- 
markable article (remarkable both from a genealogical and political point of view) on 
"Natural Heirship; or. All the World Akin," by the Rev. Henry Kindall, in the Nine- 
teentk Century, and reprinted in the Popular Science Monthly. It takes the American 
view of genealogy — as opposed to the British — and is radical as any reader of The 
Record could wish. The article is not without flaws in its logic, but still good and 
worth some attention. 

An Old-Time Real Estate Agent. — I think Long Island can claim the honor (!) 
of having the first '•^ Real Estate Agent" of any place in America, as witness the 
following : 

John Hinksman sells to John Dickenson a piece of land at Oyster Bay, and in pay- 
ment receives Broad Cloth to the amount of _;^3, and Liquors to the amount of ;^i. ♦' A 
quart of Sack and a half pint of liquor'''' was '■''paid to Peter Wright for making the 
bargain.'''' — Vide Oyster Bay Rec, Book A, p. 145. I>ANL. H. CARPENTER. 

Dated February, 1659. 

Southampton, L. I, — We are glad to learn that the author of " The Early His- 
tory of Southampton," (ieorge Rogers Howell, M.A., proposes to issue a second edition 
of this work, revised, enlarged, and corrected ; especially in the department of genealogy. 

236 Notes and Queries. [J^^y^ 

It will contain genealogies more or less complete of the following Southampton families 
and their descendants : Bishops Burnett, Chatfield, Cook, Cooper, Corwith^ Culver^ 
Dayton, Dimoii, Edwards, Fanning, Fithian, Fordham, Foster, Fowler, Gelsion, 
Goodall, Halsey, Hand, Harris, Haynes, Hedges, Herrick, Hildreth, Hoivell, Hunt- 
^'*'Si y"^S'.S'^''' y^nnings, yessnp, Jones, Litdlow, Lnpton, Mitchell, Parsciis, Pelletrean, 
Pierson, Post, Raytior, Reeves, Rogers, Rose, Sanford, Sayre, Scott, Seymonr, Squires, 
Stanbrojigh, Stephens, Talniadge, Terbell, Topping, White, IVick, Woodruff, and 
Woolley, besides partial genealogies and mention of other families connected with the his- 
tory of this town. The book will be issued, if about two hundred subscribers can be ob- 
tained, at $3 per copy, and will embrace about three hundred pages 8vo. Subscribers 
may send their names to George R. Howell, State Library, Albany, N. Y. 

Balch. — A diagram of one line of descent from John Balch, born 1579, in Bridge- 
water, County Somerset, England, who came from England to Massachusetts in 1623, 
has been privately issued, in the " Blue Process" form, by G. B. Balch, M.D., of Yonkers, 
N. Y. 

Cleveland. — Mr. Edward James Cleveland, of 191 Sigourney Street, Hartford, 
Conn., has nearly ready for the press a " Cleveland Family" genealogy, which registers 
over thirty thousand descendants. 

Dorr. — Mr. Edgar R. Dorr, of 396 Congress Street, Portland, Me., is preparing 
a genealogy of the family of this name. 

Unclaimed Fortunes in Holland for American Heirs. — The following letter 
from our Minister at The Hague may serve to quiet the expectations of some who have 
given too credulous an ear to reports of " large fortunes" awaiting their families in Hol- 
land : 

Legation of the United States at The Hague, 
March 26, 1886. 
James R. Gibson, Jr., Esq., New York. 

The numerous inquiries received at this legation, since my arrival here, in reference to 
unclaimed fortunes in Holland supposed to be waiting supposed claimants in the United 
States, prompted me to address an official inquiry to the Government upon the general 
subject of unclaimed estates. 

It appears from the reply of the Foreign Office here, a copy of which may be had upon 
application to the Department of State at Washington, that the legislation ol this coun- 
try has effectually disposed of all such claims, even if inherently just, which were not pre- 
sented to and proven before the Loan Commission of Liquidation, established in 1852. 

The act of March q, 1852, provided for the organization of a Commission whose duty 
it became to adjudicate all claims against estates of deceased persons, as well as claims 
for moneys and estates held by the Government. 

This Commission, which was known as the Commission of Liquidation, took charge of 
all funds undisposed of in the hands of the courts and other officials of Holland. 

In accordance with the provisions of the act establishing that Commission, an adver- 
tisement was inserted in the official journal known as the Staats Coiirant, notifying all 
claimants to any portion of the funds in the custody of the Commission to present their 
demands and submit proof in support thereof. 

At the expiration of six months from the first, a second notice was inserted in the offi- 
cial journal, having a similar purport. 

After the lapse of five years from the second notice, all moneys and estates to which 
claims had not been established, escheated under the provisions of the act to the State. 

The Commission of Liquidation concluded its labors several years ago, and the act has 
finally disposed of all claims to estates originating prior to 1852. 

You can make such use of this information as you may deem proper. 

The correspondence received at this Legation shows that the genealogical " mania " 
is quite as prevalent as that for imaginary estates. 

Yours very truly, Isaac Bell, Jr. 

May — Lyons— Butler. — ^Henry A. May, 93 Camden Street, Boston, Mass., has 
hi press "The May Family in America," a large volume ; and in preparatio7t, "The 
May Family in Europe;" also, in preparation, "The Lyons Family in Europe and 
America ; " also, The Butler Family. 

1 886.] Books Donated to the Society. 237 

Raymond. — Mr. Samuel Raymond, of S42 Fulton Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., issues 
(under date of April 10, 1SS6) a circular of the " History and Genealogy of the Raymond 
Family," descendants of Richard, John, and William, of Salem and Beverly, Mass., and 
said by experts to have been brothers. The work contains 1,061 families in the male 
line, whose children number over 5,100; intermarriages numbering over 2.500, with 
over 1,500 different family names. 

The proposed work will make an octavo volume of about 360 pages, bound in cloth ; 
only ten copies over the actual subscription list will be printed. Price, $5. Mr. Ray- 
mond, now in his seventy-fifth year, proposes to put his work to press on July ist of the 
present year. The opinion of experts who have examined the manuscript is very favora- 
ble to the work. 

SoMERDYKE. — Any information regarding heirs of Richard Somerdyke will be ac- 
ceptable to Mr. James R. Hay, P. O. Box 3416, New York City. 

Seelye. — Wanted, the name and address of the parties in New York City (?) who 
are engaged in preparing a genealogy of the Seelye family. 

Philip Livingston, " The Signer. '' — What is the true date of his birth ? In Hol- 
gate's *' American Genealogies," and in Sanderson's " Lives of the Signers," he is said to 
have been born at Albany, on January 15, 1716 [.^ New Style], which is the date also generally 
given by other authorities. But on his monument he is said to have "died on 12 Jvme, 
177S, aged 63 years." H this inscription is correct, he must have been born in 1715 ; 
while, on the other hand. Professor Pearson, in his " Genealogies of the First Settlers of 
Albany," gives the date of his baptism as January, 1717 ! Can any of your readers throw 
light on these differences in the dates ? E. B. L. 


Marseilles. — Information wanted as to the " Charles Marseilles, gentleman, at 
New York (his business, profession, ancestry, and anything concerning him), to whom 
Rev. Jacob Duche, the first chaplain of the Continental Congress, in Philadelphia, ad- 
dressed several letters in 1771-72 (afterward published in book form), over the signature 
of Tanioc Caspipina, which nam de plnme was formed of the initials of his professional 
calling, viz. : Z'he Assistant i7/inister Oi Ciirist Church ^nd Si. /'eter's /n /'hiladelphia 
/n jVorth America. 

Information also desired of any individual by the surname oi Marseilles (French Hu- 
guenot), 'who, during the religious persecutions in France, after the Revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes, fled from France to Holland, thence came to America, and settled in 
Northern New Jersey. Address, Charles Marseilles, Exeter, N. H. 


From Lieut. A. D. Schenck, U.S.A. The Reports of the General of the Army to 

the Secretary of War for 1SS3 and 18S5. 8vo. Washington, 1883 and 18S6. 
" TiCKNOR & Co. Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. With Extracts from 

his Journals and Correspondence. Two vols. Edited by Samuel Longfellow. 

8vo. Boston, 1886. 
" General C. W. Darling. Transactions of the Oneida Historical Society, 

1881-1884. 8vo. Utica, 1885. Anthropophagy, Historic and Prehistoric. 

By Gen. C. W. Darling. 8vo. Privately Printed'. Utica, 1S86. 
"• State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Thirty-second Annual Report. 

8vo. Madison, 1886. 
" John Wiley & Sons. Proeterita. Outlines of Scenes and Thoughts in my 

Past Life. Ten Chapters. By John Ruskin, LL.D. New York, 1885. 
" A. S. Barnes & Co. The Storrs Family ; Genealogical and Other Memoranda. 

Contains a Portrait of the Author. Collected and Compiled by Charles Storrs. 

Royal 8vo. Privately Prihted. New York, 1S86. 
" Gerrit H. Van Wagenen. The History of the School of the Collegiate Re- 
formed Dutch Church in the City of New York, from 1633-1SS3. By Henry 

W. Dunshee. 8vo. New York, 1886. 

2^8 Notes on Books. [J^'^Yj 

From Rev. Dr. E. D. G. Prime. Catalogue of the Library, Autographs, Engravings, 
etc., of the Late L Bushnell, Esq. Sold by Bangs & Co., Monday, April 2d, 
and four following days. 8vo. New York, 1883. In Remembrance of Rich- 
ard Pike Buck. 8vo. 1S85. The Thurstons at Newburyport ; 1635, First 
Settlement ; 18S5, First Gathering. 8vo. Portland, Me., 1885. 

" Mahlon Stacy Kirkbride. Domestic Portraiture of our Ancestors " Kirk- 
bride," 1650-1824. i2mo. Privately Printed. 

" MOREY Hale Bartow. History of the Reformed Church, New Paltz, Ulster 
County, N. Y., 16S3-18S3. By Rev. Ame Vennesua. i2mo. Rondout, N. 
Y., 1884. Stevens' Historical Nuggets. Catalogue : Vol. iii., Part i. i2mo. 
And Catalogue of Rare Books relating to America. Svo. London, 1885. 
Facts about Unclaimed Money and Estates. Including the Register of 5,000 
Names. By James Usher. 8vo. New York. 

" The New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Genealogical 
Gleanings in England, xii. 8vo. Boston, 1886. Papers in Egerton, Ms. 
2,395. Svo. Boston, 1886. By Henry F. Waters. John Harvard. Com- 
municated by John T. Hassam, A.M. 8vo. Boston, 1886. 

" The Buffalo Historical Society. Annual Report of the Board of Mana- 
gers, January 12, 1886. 8vo. Buffalo, 1886. 

" E. M. Barton. Brigadier-General Robert Toombs. An Address delivered 
before the Confederate Survivors' Association, Memorial Day, April 26, 1886. 
By Colonel Charles C. Jones, Jr., LL.D. 8vo. Augusta, Ga., 1886. 

" Smithsonian Institute. Annual Report of the Board of Regents for 18S4. 
Svo. Washington, 18S5. 

" Ernest H. Crosby. The Rutgers Family of New York. By the Donor. Svo. 
New York, 1886. 

" Rev. T. -W. Chambers, D.D., LL.D. Year-Book of the Collegiate Reformed 
Protestant Dutch Church of New York City. i2mo. New York, 1886. 

" McDonnell Bros. The Irish in America. A Lecture by William R. Grace. 
Svo. Chicago, 1886. 

" RuFus King. Genealogy of the Havvley Family. i2mo. 18S0. 

" Henry R. Stiles, M.D. Chart of the Balch Family. One Sheet. 

" The Bostonian Society. Proceedings, January 12, 1886. Svo. Boston, 1SS6. 

" J. Fletcher Williams. I. O. O. F. Reminiscences of Thirty Years' Member- 
ship. By the Donor, The Ramsey County Pioneer Association, Constitution, 
Officers, List of Residents in 1857-8. Svo. St. Paul, 1886. 

«' H. H. Young. The Labor Question. By the Donor. Svo. St. Paul, 18S6. 


The Centennial History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Dio- 
cese of New York, 1785-18S5. Edited by James Grant Wilson. Svo, pp. 
454. With illustrations. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1S86. 

Strictly speaking this work does not, except in its minor points, come within the 
province of this magazine, and therefore cannot claim more than a passing notice. It 
is a handsome volume, from the press of Messrs. Appleton, of this city, and very 
nearly covers the history of the second centennial period of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in New York. The times embraced in the work were fruitful with feeling and 
earnest labor, and we believe it may be fairly said that no historian of this church has 
yet arisen who has brought to the labor before him all the essentials for an accurate 
and faithful history of this period. 

The proceedings of the Centenary Celebration were held in New York, in September, 
1S85. The Centennial Sermon was preached by Rev. W. J. Seabury, D.D. , and in it 
the attempt is made to create an impression of pre-eminence in favor of Bishop Seabury 
vs. Bishop Provoost. This will fail to make a favorable impression on the minds of the 
descendants of the patriots of the American Revolution. 

There are brief biographical " Sketches of the Bishops of the Diocese," followed by 
"Parish Histories" of the several parishes of the same. If, in an introductory note, 
an acknowledgment had been made of the source from whence the information respect- 
ing these parishes was obtained, the general reader would have been aided in forming 


Notes 071 Books. 


an opinion as to the correctness of this part of the work. As it is, the editor must share 
largely the responsibility of introducing to the American public a volume which will, 
perhaps, in some points, fail to impress its readers with all the elements of historical 
fairness. p. 

Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, LL.D., Poet, Statesman, Philosopher : 
With extracts from his Works and hitherto unpublished Poems. By Charles 
Burr Todd. New York and London : G. P. Putnam's Sons. The Knickerbocker 
Press. 1 886. 8vo. iv. 306. 

Both the student of American history and the lover of American literature have reason 
to thank Mr. Todd for what he has thus done toward rescuing from forgetfulness, the 
works and fame of a singularly worthy and useful man. It is the first biography of him 
which has been written — for it is but lately that any of the great Republican leaders of 
the United States have had accorded to them the merit which they deserve. Barlow's 
"verse first gave American poetry a standing abroad. His prose writing contributed 
largely to the triumph of Republicanism in 1800. He was the first American cosmopo- 
lite, and twice made use of his position to avert from his country a threatened foreign 
war. He was the godfather of the steamboat and the canal, and sponsor with Jefferson 
of our present magnificent system of internal improvements ; while, had he been permit- 
ted to carry out his grand idea of a national university, it is safe to say that American 
art, letters, science, and mechanics would now be on a much more advanced and satisfactory 
footing." Although Mr. Todd has, very naturally perhaps, presented his subject in a 
much more favorable light than many will be disposed to allow, yet he has, at least, 
enabled the present generation to form an average judgment upon it, which they have not, 
hitherto, had the means of forming. The work is, also, a timely one ; it comes to us at a 
period when we are, better than ever before, able to judge more clearly of the motives 
and actions of the founders of our Republic ; and at a time, also, when the clouds of 
inherited political prejudice (though not altogether dispelled from our social and literary 
atmosphere) do not so much obscure our vision of the past. Mr. Todd has performed his 
work in an elegant manner, and has given us a book into which when one has once 
glanced, he will not willingly refrain from reading until he has reached the last page. 

h. r. s. 

-1 Life of Henry W.\dsworth Longfellow : With Extracts from his Journals and 
Correspondence. Edited by Samuel Longfellow. Boston : Ticknor & Co., 
1886. Two vols. 8vo. iv. 433; vi. 481. Portraits and Illustrations. 

These two fair and stately volumes contain the record of a singularly felicitous, blame- 
less, and useful life ; told in an equally felicitous and tender manner. The author has 
wisely allowed the poet himself to speak through the means of extracts from journals, 
correspondence, etc., and the result is that the poet will be even more securely ensconced 
in the affectionate regard of his admirers than before. The work is not less valuable for 
its side-lights upon and glimpses into the early literary history of American authorship, 
than for its relations to Longfellow himself. For the poet was one of a memorable 
group of literati, most of whom have now " passed over to the majority ; " and, as we 
read his journal-notes and references, as well as his letters to and from them, we feel as 
if we were peeping and listening " behind the scenes " to a veritable "• feast of the Gods." 
To have lived amid such a rare companionship as Longfellow enjoyed, in both continents, 
was surely a life to have been envied ; to have lived amid it so serenely and lovingly, so 
loyally to truth and to his friends, so freely from any touch of envy or selfishness, so use- 
fully to mankind ; and, withal, to have surrounded himself with the love and respect, as 
well as with the plaudits of so large a share of mankind — this, indeed, was Life in its 
highest, truest meaning. Beside Longfellow's works these volumes will now stand — the 
one interpreting the other — neither fully to be comprehended without the other. 

h. r. s. 

Pr/ETERITA : Outlines of Scenes and Thoughts perhaps' Worthy of Memory in My Past 
Life. By John Ruskin, LL.D., Honorary Student of Christ Church, Honorary 
Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and Slade Professor of Fine Arts, Oxford. In 
twelve parts. 8vo. New York : John Wiley & Sons, 1885. 344 pp. 

Every lover of Ruskin and of Art will keenly enjoy this autobiographic revelation of 
the Great Master's life and mental growth. It must be read to be appreciated — where- 
fore, we will only say of it that its outward form, large, fair, open type, upon laid paper 

240 Notes on Books. [July, 

of clearest tint, is wholly in accordance with its inward grace and value. Each " Part " 
forms a separate chapter, and the whole is to be completed in twelve parts — of which 
ten are already publisiied. 

The Civil, Political, Professional, and Ecclesiastical History, and Com- 
mercial AND Industrial Record of the County of Kings, and the City of 
Brooklyn, N. Y., from 1683 to 18S4. By Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D., 
Editor-in-Chief, assisted by L. B. Proctor, Esq., and L. P. Brockett, A.M., M.D. 
With portraits, biographies, and illustrations. 2 vols., 4to. New York : W, W. 
Munseil & Co. 1S84. I408 pp. 

Three years of arduous and conscientious labor on the part of Dr. Stiles have resulted 
in the production of tliis elegant volume; and seldom, if ever, has so stupendous a local 
history been undertaken, even in this land of great undertakings. In this work he has 
condensed and supplemented the admirable " History of the City of Brooklyn," which 
he revised fifteen years ago, and which has long been a standard work. In addition, he 
has carefully edited (in the best sense of the term) an equally exhaustive and encyclopaedic 
history of the County of Kings, of which Brooklyn now forms so large a part ; and has 
furnished us (by his felicitous choice of subordinate writers) with new and excellent his- 
tories of the other towns of the county. Dr. Stiles seems to have borne constantly in 
mind the general scope of the whole, and the relations of its several parts to each other, 
and thus has been able to secure a nearer approach to harmony of detail than is usually 
found in similar productions. Admirably equipped for the sifting and arranging of the 
mass of historical, biographical, and statistical material through his former labors and ex- 
perience in the same field, he also possessed tact and talent in gathering personal and 
family history, and in so presenting facts in their proper light and place, as to contribute 
greatly to the interest as well as permanent value of the work. One feature commanding 
special notice is the record of growth and development in all departments of material in- 
terest — as the industrial, manufacturing, commercial, architectural, the parks, the water 
supply, and the professions. The chapters devoted to the Charitable Institutions and 
Ecclesiastical Organizations of the county would together fill a good-sized volume, and as 
they were prepared under the personal direction of the indefatigable and painstaking 
editor, their authoritative worth is assured. The history of Sunday-school work, the 
rise and progress of Medicine, Educational Institutions, Fish Culture, and the Markets, 
are among the chapters to which we would direct the reader's attention 

The work abounds in steel portraits, designated as choice works of art. There are 
not less than two hundred and fifty, magniun opus ! and as many other illustrations, in- 
cluding maps, autographs, buildings, and views. Fortunately, seconded in the prepara- 
tion of this important work by the publishers, W. W. Munseil & Co., the editor has had 
the pleasure of seeing his labors issued in a style which makes it the most creditable 
local history yet issued from the American press. In wealth of illustration, excellence of 
typography, paper, binding, and all the essentials of good book-making, it leaves nothing 
to be desired. j. g. W. 

The Storrs Family: Genealogical and other Memoranda, collected and compiled by 
Charles Storks. Privately printed. New York, 1886. Royal 8vo. pp.552. 

A work of great merit, well printed and bound— but too heavy and costly to suit our 
taste. The repetition in capitals of the numbered " Generations," spread over wide 
spaces, instead of a brief designation by numerals, diverts attention and greatly enlarges 
the size and increases the weight and the cost of the volume. But the substantial merits 
of the work are so great as to render the criticism slight. Besides the general notice of 
persons named Storrs in England and America, there is a very satisfactory account of the 
first Samuel Storrs, born about 1640, the founder of the family in America ; this Samuel, 
after arrival in New England, married (ist), in 1666, a daughter of Thomas Huckins 
(Drake's Boston, 236), and Mary Wells, his wife; and (2d), in 1685, Esther, widow of 
John Agard. He had nine children, who intermarried with families of Burge, IVood^ 
yacobs. Porter, and others. The names become too numerous to be repeated here, but 
are instructive. Among tlie descendants, scattered very far over our wide-spreading 
country, the number of clergymen and lawyers seem particularly large, their sects numer- 
ous, and their success remarkable. There were also several noted physicians. Great care 
has been taken for accuracy and for clearness of description ; and the writer's style is 
remarkably good. The leisurely visit of the retired merchant and author to England, in 
1867, very happily introduced him to a namesake of the same family, and to the ancient 


Notes on Books. 24 1 

homestead of his ancestors in the northern part of the long, interior County of Nottingham, 
near the border line of Yorkshire ; and enabled him to arrange for copies of old wills, 
and for many genealogical proofs, wJiich he gathered and presents to our attention. 

Of his direct ancestors he has printed the will of William of " Lounde, in the Parish 
of Sutton," dated 1557, which named his wife and five children: the will of William's 
son Robert, of the same place, dated in 158S, naming also wife and five children, the 
oldest called Cordall, and appointing John and Thomas Hammond supervisors; the will 
of Cordall of the same place, dated 1615, and proved 1616, naming wife, sons Thomas 
and William, one daughter, two brothers and two sisters, and calling John Hammond 
and Nicholas Hammond his uncles, who owned neighboring land and whom he appointed 

A will of one of these brothers in 1658 names the families of Thomas and William, 
his nephews, embracing Samuel the emigrant, who is plainly described as a son of Thomas 
and identified. No will of Thomas has been traced. He was baptised in 1605, and the 
baptisms of seven children have been found recorded from 1632 to 1650, and many of 
them have been traced. 

We have stated enough to indicate the complete and satisfactory manner in which the 
old family has been traced, and its full description obtained. It is seldom that any Amer- 
ican family has obtained so old and so complete a trace of its direct English ancestry. 
The position at " Lounde " was not one for wealth or adventure, but (what is now more 
important) a grand one for health and strength — and for acquiring and maintaining in 
safety bodily and mental vigor. It was a good one for general observation, so far as 
knowledge could be obtained, which was gradually approachmg, although badly inter- 
rupted or imperfectly reached. 

There were many surroundings inciting attention. The old Castle of Tickhill on the 
border of Yorkshire was near enough for its weekly market and annual fair to be easily 
attended, and for its feudal lords and royal occupants to be known. Worksop Manor, 
a little farther south, formed from a large priory which passed in 1543 to Talbot. Earl of 
Shrewsbury, Lieutenant-General of the Army, and Lord-Lieutenant of several counties, 
the mansion of which was destroyed in 1761, was also near enough for close observation, 
with its old boundary of Sherwood Forest. 

Retford was the nearest town of much size, twenty-nine miles northeast from Not- 
tingham, seven miles east from. Blythe, one hundred and forty-five miles from London, 
and seven miles west from the Trent, which formed the interior boundary of Lincoln 
County. " Lounde " was a few miles north of Retford, and two old parishes being uni- 
ted, the name became ''Sutton cum Lounde." A few miles farther north was Scrooby, / 
the old residence and post-office of William Brewster, who died at Plymouth in 1642, 
^born at Scrooby in 1566, whose family scattered widely. Mansfield was an ancient town, 
fourteen miles north of Nottingham— from which Mansfield in Connecticut is alleged to 
have been named. The whole neighborhood was full of interesting objects, and this coun- 
try early had many emigrants from it. 

One Thomas, son of Robert Storrs, was living under Henry VIII., one hundred 
years before William, the ancestor above traced, having a son, John, and he was connected, 
through his mother, with the Saviles and Sherrys. A branch of the family (like Wash- 
ington's) is traced back to Lancashire. 

These may all be too remote to assure us of much effect from old habits or training ; 
but if we see some peculiarity crop out in descendants, we may look back for its origin. 
The Talbot family had many branches, including the Sutton, Dudley, and Sayile families, 
which the curious may study ; and if Irving, or Thomas Miller, were to describe the " old 
home," we think some of these would be drawn out and some of the Hammonds. 

It strikes attention that the first American Storrs arrived here in 1662, about the 
time when some of the Quakers first quietly returned with Captain Goldsmith, assured of 
some protection against coarse prosecutions [N. Y. G. 6-= B. Rec. vol. 15, p. 65); and 
that, in England, his cousin that remained there, under the preaching of George Fox, 
joined the Quakers; and we have quite a branch of Quakers named Storrs. " Gold- 
smith " was a name long favored by the Talbots. We can study the long and bitter 
civil wars in England, and observe how the exemption of the monastery farmers from im- 
pressment or draft, as soldiers, permitted fields to be well cultivated, and its tillers to 
prosper amid most destructive combats, but excited the ire of the active soldiers and es- 
pecially of the chiefs who wanted followers, and who, being trained to hard practices, 
were often too inattentive to the source of supplies or stores, and drove off the peaceable 
Quakers with rudeness and injustice. Cannot we, by studying them, avoid some of the 
wrongs? c. B. M. 

242 Obituary. LI'^^X' 

The Life of Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, Baronet. His English and American An- 
cestors. By Thomas C. Amory. 8vo. pp. 141. Boston : Cupples, Upham Bl Co. 

This admirable memoir of the Boston-born British admiral, which is full of interest, 
is the address delivered by Mr. Amory before the New York Genealogical and Bio- 
graphical Society expanded to its present proportions. It will richly repay any pur- 
chasers who may be interested in the story of perhaps the most distinguished of all the 
many thousand descendants of Tristram Coffin, the ancestor of all the American 
Coffins. J. G. w. 

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant. In Two Volumes. Vol. ii., 8vo, pp. 647. 
New York : Charles L. Webster & Co. (Published by subscription.) 
The second volume of General Grant's Memoirs, somewhat larger than the first, com- 
pletes what is in many respects the most remarkable book of the age, or of any age ; re- 
markable in its origin, in its simplicity, and in its sale, which has never been equalled 
by any similar work. Some months ago Mrs. Grant received from the publishers, as 
copyright on the first volume, a check for two hundred thousand dollars. A similar 
sum will be paid to her by the publishers in September, as the royalty on the second 
volume. In addition to this, it is believed that the future sales of the General's Memoirs 
at home and abroad will bring up the amount of copyright paid to the unparalleled 
amount of half a million of dollars. j. g. \v. 

The Complete Works of Robert Burns (Self-interpreting). Illustrated with Sixty 
Etchings and Wood-cuts, Maps, and Fac-similes. Vol. i., 8vo, pp. 402. Philadel- 
phia : Gebbie & Co. 

During the present century there have appeared above two hundred editions of the 
poems of the Ayrshire peasant, who struck the lyric chords with a depth and truth of 
passion such as is to be met with in the songs of no other nation. Beginning with Dr. 
Currie's, in 1800, the most important of these have been Cunningham's, Blackie's, 
Chambers', Waddell's, Alexander Smith's, Gilfillan's, and Douglas'. The noble edi- 
tion, the first volume of which has recently appeared, promises to surpass all these, 
and to perhaps elicit from the London Times a similar compliment to the one paid to a 
work on the poets and poetry of Scotland, when it said, "It is a singular circumstance 
that the best book of this character should emanate from the New World." The 
editors of this beautiful and complete edition of Burns are James Hunter and George 
Gebbie, senior member of the house by whom it is published. j. G. \v. 


Dey. — Mrs. Lavinia Agnes Dey, the widow of the Rev. Richard Varick Dey, died 
at her residence, 121 East Twenty-fourth Street, in this city, on Wednesday evening, 
March 31, 1886, at six o'clock. Her funeral took place from the Dutch Reformed 
Church, corner of Lafayette Place and Fourth Street, on Monday, April 5, 1886, and 
her remains were interred in the family vault at Greenwood Cemetery, beside those of 
her husband and three children, who had preceded her to the spirit-land. Mrs. Dey was 
born in New Brunswick, N. J., November 30, 1805. She was the daughter of the late 
Colonel Joseph Warren Scott (an eminent jurist of the New Jersey bar, the memory of 
whose powerful eloquence still lives) and Jane Griffiths, his wife, and granddaughter of 
Dr. Moses Scott, Senior Surgeon and Physician of the New Jersey line during the Revo- 
lution. She was left a widow September 20, 1837, with four children, who still survive 
her. The entire maintenance and training of the young family devolved wholly upon 
her, and doubtless developed more fully those admirable traits and that force of character 
so conspicuous to those who knew her best. As a mother she will never be forgotten. 
The influence of her good judgment, great firmness, wisdom, patience, and perseverance, 
combined with that unwearying love that counted nothing a sacrific'e th^nnured to their 
welfare, were brought to bear upon their early years. "Her children arise up and call 
her blessed." To rare personal beauty Mrs. Dey united intellectual gifts of no common 
order — her thoroughly well-balanced mind, clear discernment of character, bold and fear- 
less expression of opinion, based upon the quick perception of the right, made her a true 
and valued friend to those who sought her counsels. She was of a bright and cheerful spirit, 
filled with generous sympathies — simple in her habits, yet always courteous and dignified. 

i8S6.] Obituary, 243 

Her undimmed eyes sparkled with the vivacity of youth, as she drew upon the storehouse 
of her retentive memory of other days for the entertainment of her listeners ; her accuracy 
as to events and dates being remarkable. — Hospitable and domestic she looked well to the 
ways of her household ; proverl^ial for industry, every moment was spent as by one who must 
give a strict account. Not only was her needle employed for her family and self, but her 
charities were largely the " fruit of her hands" — the busy fingers fashioned with ease the 
beautiful articles that found ready sale to benefit the cause for which they had been made. 
Her charities were broad, unbounded by creed or country, her large heart ever respond- 
ing to the distressed and suffering. For more than a quarter of a century she was a 
manager of "The Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children." Nobly 
she did her work. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon her, and 
she caused the widow's heart to sing for joy — her interest never flagged in the poor and 
needy, and her connection with her beloved society ceased only with life. The God who 
sustained her in the adversities and trials of her early widowhood was ever her staff and 
comfort, even to the old age she was vouchsafed. Those who lieard the patient utterance, 
" O God, thy will be done," and saw the smile that illumed her beautiful countenance 
when she sank to rest, cannot doubt that she has "entered into the joy of her Lord." 
Her husband, the Rev. Richard Varick Dey, to whom she was married, September 11, 
1822, was the eldest son of Anthony Dey, a prominent lawyer of this city, and Catharine 
Laidlie, his wife, who was the daughter of the Rev. Archibald Laidlie and Mary Hoff- 
man. Dr. Laidlie was the first minister called to preach in English in the Dutch Church 
in this city. Mr. Dey was a very gifted orator — inheriting from his grandfather much 
of that great requisite in public men. Two of the old representative families of this city, 
of one hundred and twenty years ago, have nearly died out — their names are extinct. 
Captain John Griffiths has only female descendants, and the Rev. Archibald Laidlie has 
but six living female descendants — and they are the only representatives of William 
Laidlie and Jean Dickson, of Kelso, Scotland. 

Remarks of Rev. Doctor Chambers of New York, at the Funeral of Mrs. 
Lavinia Agnes Dey : 

" About a century and a quarter ago the increase of the English-speaking population 
of this city led the Dutch Church to consider the propriety of conducting some of their 
public services in that tongue. The very proposition of such a thing was extremely 
offensive to many, and when the matter took shape, a violent opposition manifested itself. 
This went so far that the civil courts were invoked to interfere, on the ground that the 
charter of the church would be violated. This, however, failed, and the malcontents 
were shown to be in a minority. Not a few of them went over to the English Church, 
saying that if there were to be English preaching at all, they preferred to have it entire. 
Still enough remained to require the consistory to proceed with caution in calling a min- 
ister for the new service. It was necessary to have a man a master of the English tongue 
and at the same time acquainted with tlie Dutch, one acceptable to the Classis of Am- 
sterdam — without whose approval nothing could be done — and one whose character was 
established for learning, soundness of doctrine and of life, true piety, and ability in the 
pulpit, and also for ptudence and tact in the conduct of affairs. A kind Providence seems 
to have prepared for the people just the minister they needed. 

" Owing to the close intercourse between Great Britain and Holland there were sev- 
eral churches in the Low Countries composed of English-speaking people, ministered to 
by their own countrymen, yet in ecclesiastical connection with the Dutch Church. One 
of these was a Scotch congregation at Vlissingen, over whom had been regularly installed 
the Rev. Archibald Laidlie. Mr. Laidlie, born at Kelso, Scotland, had been liberally 
educated, and taken his degree at the University of Edinburgh. Settled at Vlissingen, 
he prosecuted a very successful ministry there, growing daily in the respect and confidence 
of all who knew him. The church at New York were advised by their friends and cor- 
respondents beyond sea to call Mr. Laidlie. They did so, with the cordial approval of 
the Classis of Amsterdam, and the call was accepted. Mr. Laidlie arrived in New York 
in the spring of 1764, and immediately entered upon his work. He was earnest, labori- 
ous, and successful. There was a great deal of party spirit among the people, owing not 
only to the introduction of the English service, but also to the two parties (Coetus and Con- 
ferentie) which then divided the denomination. But the new minister conducted himself 
with so much propriety in word and act that he escaped collision of every kind and won 
the entire confidence of the whole people. Everywhere and always his influence was cast 
on tha side of peace ; and this, united with his fervid pungency in the pulpit, rendered 
his short ministry of about eleven years a great and lasting blessing to the church. 

244 Obituary. [J^^'y> i8S6. 

" When the Revolution broke out he was compelled to leave the city, and retired 
to Red Hook, where, several years before, he had married Mary, the daughter of Colonel 
Martin Hoffman and Catharine Benson, who made him very happy in his domestic rela- 
tions. Colonel Hoft'man is said to have been a man of considerable property and wide 
influence. While here Dr. Laidlie's health (he had received the degree of S.T.D. from 
the College of Nassau Hall in 1770) gradually became enfeebled, and in 1779 he died. 
His widow survived him very many years, not ending her days until 1825, when what of 
her was mortal was interred in this city. Dr. Laidlie was blessed with several children, 
but none of his sons left issue, so that the name has died out. Still, the lineage has con- 
tinued in connection with the old church. His eldest daughter, Catharine, was married 
in iSoo to Anthony Dey, a well-known and influential citizen, who was born in New 
Jersey, and had extensive connections in his native State and in the city of his adoption. 
The oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Dey was the husband of the lady whose mortal remains 
now lie before us. The Rev. Richard Varick Dey was a man of very unusual abilities, 
and I still freshly remember the incidents I used to hear when a boy at Rutgers College, 
fifty years ago, respecting his versatile accomplishments and his power as a public speaker. 
In 1S22 he married Lavinia Agnes Scott, the daughter of Joseph Warren Scott, Esq., 
long known as, in his day, at the head of the New Jersey bar ; and, as the late Dr. Alex- 
ander McClelland once said to me, the most effective man before a jury that the whole 
country contained. Mr. Dey was settled for a number of years at Greenfield Hill, 
Conn., and died near Chatham, N. J., in the year 1S37 ; so that the friend whose loss 
we this day mourn has been a widow for nearly fifty years. Though so long-lived and 
possessing such extraordinary vitality, her constitution was always delicate, and time and 
again she was attacked with an illness that threatened to prove fatal. Throughout all 
these trials and the other vicissitudes of her widowed life she maintained the cheerfulness 
and vivacity which were constitutional, and also the serene patience which springs from a 
Christian faith. The pious confidence and peaceful disposition which animated her hus- 
band's grandfather reappeared in her, and made those whose tender and loving assiduities 
were required by her broken health feel it a privilege to minister at her bedside. 

" And now what can I say to these mourners who are to see their beloved dead laid 
away in the narrow house? Reason tells you that for her to depart was far better, as it 
undoubtedly is, but the heart is not swayed by the convictions of the intellect, and you 
can think only of your sore and irreparable loss, of the endeared form and gracious feat- 
ures which you will see no more. Still, remember that the parting is not final, that the 
peculiar tenet of our holy religion bids us be sure that the loved and lost will be restored 
again, and that in a form immeasurably enhanced and glorified. Not simply does the 
soul live on in the unseen state, but in the great day its old companion and tenement, 
the body, will be raised up in the likeness of the Lord Jesus as He now is, at His Father's 
right hand. As the Apostle said when announcing this truth, ' Comfort yourselves with 
these words.' 

" And let me entreat you, dear friends, as you look back upon a lineage so illustrated 
by Christian excellence, keep the blessed heritage that comes to you from the generations 
that have gone before, make full proof of it for your own enjoyment and peace and 
progress, and pray God that it may go down to those yet to be born, so that if the 
name of Laidlie has died out, yet his spirit and character and influence may be continued 
in an endless succession." 

Robertson. — Right Rev. Charles Franklin Robertson, S. T.D. , second Bishop of 
the Episcopal Church in Missouri, died in St. Louis, May i, 1S86. He was of an old 
family in New York City, where he was born, March 2, 1835. He graduated at Yale 
College in 1859, and at the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1862. 
Before his election as bishop, in 1S6S, he was rector of St. Mark's Church, Malone, 
N. Y., for six years, and subsequently for a short time of St. James' Church, Batavia, 
N. Y. Under his administration the Episcopal Church in Missouri made great progress. 

From Columbia College, in his native city, he received the degree of S.T.D., in 1869. 
He was a member of the Missouri Historical Society and of the Social Science Associa- 
tion, Corresponding Secretary for Missouri of the National Conference of Charities and 
Corrections, and President of the Board of Trustees of Nashotah Theological Seminary, 
in Wisconsin, and a subscriber to the Record of this Society. 

In 1869 Bishop Robertson married Miss Rebecca Duane, great-granddaughter of the 
first mayor of New York. With three sons and a daughter she survives. 

The above sketch is compiled from an obituary sketch in the St. Louis Daily Globe- 
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Vol. XVII. NEW YORK, OCTOBER, 1886. No. 4. 


By Rev. William Hall, New York City. 

( IVitk an engraving of Sussiuick.) 

Early in the eventful year 1783, the City of New York began to re- 
ceive valuable accessions to its citizenship from the Old World. English 
gentlemen of superior intelligence, social standing, and some with large 
means — the ancient unities now again established — hastened to our shores, 
to seek fortunes, find new homes, or, what is also very probable, to taste 
with us the new-born blessings of republican liberty. Of this number, in- 
cluding the subject of the ensuing record, were Messrs. Charles Wilkes, 
John Church, William Constable, and others, not to mention here emi- 
nent foreigners from Continental Europe, who likewise subsequently dis- 
tinguished themselves in this city and State as merchants or civilians. 
John Delafield, Esq., from London, arrived off Sandy Hook, April 4, 1783, 
and at six o'clock the next morning landed in New York, in company 
with Captain Barnwell, its commander, from the British Letter of Marque 
Vigilant, as noticed in the city papers of that date. 

In proof that this enterprising young Briton did not come hither as a 
moneyless adventurerj as well as in evidence of his high social position in the 
great city he had left, and of his purpose to stay here eji permanence, it 
may be mentioned that, soon after his coming, he resigned his membership 
of " White's Coffee-House," the most exclusive of the London clubs in 
those days, at the same time sending his dues for one year as being pos- 
sibly in arrears. He also, somewhere near that date, showed his native 
independence of character, and not a little excited the indignation of his 
English friends, by the announcement that he was about to become an 
American citizen ! This was accomplished by a special act of legislature. 
Of Mr. Delafield's business antecedents in England little seems to be 
known, but that he was a member, as it was said, of one of the noted brew- 
ing houses of London. His partner complained that he gave little atten- 
tion to business, and he himself afterward wrote that real work in England, 
in the midst of friends, was impossible. This, doubtless, was to him a 
strong 7notif to come to this country, and here, on entirely new ground, 
to strike out for himself. 

246 John Delafield, the Englishman. [Oct., 

John Delafield represented a very old English family, whose seat was 
Ley born Grange, County Kent. For particulars concerning them see 
Burke's " Commoners of England," and his " Peerage," under the head of 
" Foreign Titles," the German " Gothaische Gradichen Haliser," and, 
finally, what English genealogists regard of the very highest value, the 
name is included in the oldest list of the gentry of Buckinghamshire, re- 
turned by the commissioners in the thirteenth year of King Henry VI., 
1433, viz. : Roberti Delafield. This is the same gentleman who had mar- 
ried, about twenty years before, Alice, daughter of Sir Reginald de Grey.* 
A ruined castle in a pass among the Vosges Mountains, not far from 
Colmar, in Alsace, still bears the name De le Feld, and was for centuries 
the continental feudal home of the race. They are said to have had large 
possessions in Alsace and Lorraine, and are frequently mentioned in the 
chronicles of the local wars of those countries. 

Prior to 1533 there were two stately monuments to two of the Counts 
dela Feld, in the cathedral of Strasbourg. The Croix (Tor de la Fehl, their 
ancient badge, is still the coat-armor of the family. Hubertus de la Feld, the 
first emigrant from Alsace to England, received a grant of land in the sec- 
ond year of William the Conqueror. Burke traces the family by their in- 
termarriage, conveyances in land, and by their quarterings, from father to 
son, in direct descent in the male line, from this Hubertus to John Dela- 
field, the first emigrant from England to America. When he left his native 
land the family there consisted of Joseph, his younger and only brother, 
and their three sisters. Two of these ladies died unmarried ; the third, 
Martha, became the wife of William Arnold, Esq., of Slateward, Isle of 
Wight; and was the mother of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Arnold, of Rugby (by 
many considered one of the ablest, as he certainly was one of the best, 
men that England ever produced), and of Lydia, the beautiful Countess of 
Cavan. Joseph married Frances, daughter of Christian Combe, Esq., of 
Cobham Park, in Surrey, for many years member of Parliament. He was 
the founder of the house of " Combe, Delafield & Co.," who supplied half of 
the British Empire with beer. This brother had several children, the eldest 
of whom, Joseph, is the only one who has left descendants. In connection 
with his brother William, he carried on the business of the house, and 
greatly added to their already enormous wealth. Their brother, John, 
married Lady Cecil Pery, daughter of the Earl of Limerick. He took 
orders, assumed the German title of Count, and finally went over to Rome. 
It is of historical interest to add that the Delafields owe their German 
title to the heroism of a John Delafield, from whom the founder of the 
American family was descended in the sixth degree. He took arms under 
Prince Eugene, distinguished himself at the battle of Zenta, where, with 
his own hands, he captured a Turkish standard, and was therefore created 
a Count of the Holy Roman Empire, with remainder of the title derived to 
his descendants, male and female, of his name. He was also granted the 
privilege of placing his arms on those of the Austrian Empire. The eldest 
son of the soldier remained in England ; the second, Count Leopold, was 
the father of the Counts de la Feld in Germany, now extinct in the male 
line ; in the female they are still represented by several families in that 
country. The ''Dictionaries of the Counts of Germany" mentions the 
three branches of the Delafields, the English, Italian, and the American, 
carried out accurately to the two marriages of John Delafield, Jr., an emi- 

* Fuller's British Worthies. 

i886.] John Delafield, the Englishman. 247 

nent former Wall Street banker, and financier, as well as literary man, of 
this city, the eldest son of the first comer. 

Joseph, the grandson of the first founder of the London firm, married 
an Italian lady of rank and settled in Italy. He left two sons, who were 
lately living in Naples with their mother. Another descendant, Edward 
Thomas, devoted himself to music, and endeavored, as several noblemen 
have, to establish the Italian opera on English soil — an effort which cost 
him ^200,000 sterling. Old London papers have nnich to say of his de- 
termined ardor that failure could not quench. A friendly intercourse was 
maintained between the American Delafields and their English cousins 
until the death of William Delafield several years ago in London. Two 
lads but lately at school, are believed to be at present the only representa- 
tives of the ancient family name and estate in England. 

John Delafield came indeed with the olive-branch of his crest in his hands, 
having in his possession a copy of the treaty of peace, not yet officially ac- 
knowledged in our land, and thus had the honor of first giving the tidings to 
this city, which caused great joy, and post-horses were dispatched to the neigh- 
boring towns with the good news. He brought a considerable sum of money 
with him, entered immediately into an extensive business, in which he was very 
successful, and was considered the richest capitalist in the State at the time 
when the Napoleonic blockade edicts swept our commerce from the ocean 
in 1807. After paying every demand made upon him he devoted the 
moderate competence that remained to the education of his children, seven 
of whom were sons, all of whom lived nobly to repay his wise forethought. 
And " with this patrimony " he could well say to them, as he did, at last, 
as by prophetic foresight, " honor, industry, and perseverance will make 
your success certain." 

With reference to the majority of the claims of American families to 
descent from the gentry or nobility of England, now so often put forth, 
much scepticism may be reasonably indulged. In the case of the Dela- 
fields there is no room for doubt. By the close intercourse maintained for 
many years between the American and English families, social, legal, and 
epistolary, and until a late period the genuineness of such a genealogical 
nexus is vouched for by the clearest proofs. The family in this city are 
said to have great bundles of letters addressed to John Delafield, the first 
of their race here, from his brother Joseph, his three sisters, and from his 
brother-in-law, William Arnold, in England. Containing, as they do, ac- 
counts of international matters immediately after the close of the Revo- 
lutionary War, and reports very complimentary to Americans, both public 
and private, who visited England with letters from John Delafield, their 
publication would doubtless be of much more than family interest. Sur- 
prise is expressed in some of them at " the culture of the late rebel farm- 
ers' sons, some of them half Dutch," etc. 

Relative to his ancient English pedigree it is a noteworthy fact to add, 
and one we judge to be very much to the credit of his strong old English 
sense, in which New Englanders also claim a share by honest heredity, as 
well as freedom from all offensively aristocratic ideas, that John Delafield, 
the early Americanized English gentleman, whose Old New York record is 
here being recalled, was strongly of the opinion that any public knowledge 
of such facts, or much reference to them, might prove an injury to the 
future prospects of his children in Republican America. This was a mat- 
ter in his view of purely personal interest, to be confined to the family 

248 John Delafield, the £nglish?nan. [Oct., 

circle, and about which their neighbors of course had no concern. Times 
have changed, but without doubt his descendants hold much to the same 
opinion. Yet it seems relevant here to remark, that from a general genea- 
logical point of view, of natural interest to all who love to look back to the 
European fatherlands of their first ancestors in this country, the Delafield 
family-tree is exceptionally valuable and notable, both for its antiquity and 
precision, although upon its record there may be no names of general his- 
torical importance. And we add, conclusivel)', on this topic, that from ex- 
isting data it may be declared, that this ancient family ever preserved the 
vigor to hold their own, married well, and lived from generation to genera- 
tion as country gentlemen and soldiers. When in the last century reverses 
came, the two brothers, John and Joseph, entered courageously into the 
ventures and labors of business life, and each in his chosen field by the 
united force of talents and integrity achieved an enviable success. And 
this, we are assured, has been not less so as resultants of similar ante- 
cedents in their family history, since on both sides of the water their repre- 
sentatives have proved alike true in every respect to the worthy memories 
and influences of the past. As to those of them who have borne the name 
in this city for several generations down to the present day it is needless to 
say to well-informed New York citizens how happily and how beneficially 
to all its interests, commercial, social, literary, and religious, they have 
identified themselves with this great metropolis. 

John Delafield, the new citizen of 1 783, was demonstrably the first of 
the name in America, as also the first reported in the New York Directory 
of 17S6 — the earliest one in this city, one year later than Philadelphia's 
first. He is there denoted as a broker, at 28 Water Street, then probably 
fronting the river, or at least partially. At that period, the New York 
broker was both the banker and real estate or land agent of the present. 
For several years directly succeeding his settlement in New York the 
newspapers of the time abound with his advertisements in both of these 
lines, showing that his business was extensive and exceeded by few or none 
of his contemporaries. With respect to his quite distinctive family sur- 
name, it is of some general interest to record, that neither he nor his sons, 
until they reached middle life, would consent that others should assume it, 
justly regarding it as personal property. There are said to have been 
many curious mstances where those who, unrightfully calling themselves 
Delafield, were compelled to take another name. In one case, a convict, 
endeavoring to conceal himself, took the name and established himself in 
New York. Remonstrated with, he gave trouble and claimed that he 
would call himself what he pleased, and only took another name when, his 
antecedents being inquired into, he was threatened with exposure. So 
decided was this feeling that a street was not called Delafield, " lest, as 
has been the case with most of our city streets, it should become god- 
parent to the nameless unfortunate." Of late years, however, all this has 
changed, and there are so-called Delafields in many parts of the country, 
of other and various origins. 

With reference to the further business relations of John Delafield, the 
primal head of the New York family, we may add that his name appears on 
the list of the first members of the " New York Chamber of Commerce," 
established in 1784, the next year after his arrival in this city. During his 
business years he lived for a considerable period in Wall Street, and at 
other times in Water Street, as also in Pearl, near the Battery. 

1 886. J Johti Delafield, the Englisliman. 249 

After the loss of the bulk of his fortune, he never engaged actively in 
business, although, for a sliort time, calling himself a broker, but had an 
office in the Tontine Building, of which he was an original trustee and 
founder. The Tontine Association was got up at one of the Club dinners 
at his country-seat, near the present Astoria. He was also one of the 
original directors of the New York Branch United States Bank. His honor- 
able and fortunate career as a merchant, from first to last, is unimpeach- 

Barrett's " Old New York Merchants," in some respects an historically 
valuable and praiseworthy collection of personal and conmiercial reminis- 
cences of Old New York, incorrectly states that John Delafield failed in 
business, which we have authority for saying he never did, being one of 
the few gentlemen underwriters who paid every loss. As one of these, of 
heaviest liabilities, after the Berlin and Milan decrees, he paid within a 
short period, $200,000. John B. Church was another of the great under- 
writers then who is said to have met all his losses. 

In the very next year after reaching our shores, and mercantile self- 
establishment in this city, Mr. Delafield still further and very happily con- 
summated his American denization by taking to himself a wife from among 
the fair daughters of the land, the public notice of which we here quote 
from Loudon's Neiv York Packet^ of December 13, 1784, as follows : 

"Married. — On Saturday last, Mr. John Delafield, merchant, to Miss 
Nancy Hallett, daughter of Mr, Joseph Hallett of this city, merchant." 

This was undoubtedly, from every point of view, a very wise marriage 
covenant, and it proved a much blessed union, in which the most whole- 
some Christian vutues of faith and truth evidently ruled over the domestic 
sanctuary. And the thirteen children of that happy, old-fashioned pair, we 
take to have been in beautiful verification of the expressive Delafield 
family motto : Insignia fortmice paria (see Psalm cxxviii., 3). 

This highborn and sagacious son of Albion attested again his superior- 
ity to all hereditary royalistic and class prejudices, by giving his heart and 
hand to the daughter of a pronounced republican, as also a firm Presby- 
terian in his ecclesiastical status. Mr. Hallett had served on the New York 
" Committee of Safety," was one of the bold " Sons of Liberty " in the 
early stages of the Revolutionary struggle, and subsequently a " conspicuous 
member of the first three Provincial Congresses of this State." He was 
also a member of the historical Wall Street Presbyterian Church, in which 
religious fellowship he had such distinguished associates as the Livingstons, 
Vanbrugh and William, Governor of New Jersey during the Revolutior, 
William Smith, the historian of New York, and his kinsman, William Pear- 
tree Smith, another prominent patriot of this city, subsequently of Eliza- 
beth, N. J., there sacrificing his large fortune on the altar of his country's 
independence, and, finally, the venerable Nathaniel Hazard, Mr. Hallett' s 
father-in-law, one of the chief pillars of that First Presbyterian Church in 
the City of New York. 

Mr. Hazard, placed on record as " an eminent Christian," was a cor- 
respondent of that uncommonly good man and able Governor of colonial 
New Jersey, His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, President Finley, of Prince- 
ton, and other noted worthies of that age in our land. 

Mrs. Nathaniel Hazard, the grandmother of Mrs. Ann Hallett Dela- 
field, was a woman of remarkable mental and moral endowments, as family 
tradition reports. Her society as such was much sought after by the ruJ- 

2 CO John Delafieldy the Englishman. [Oct., 

tured of that day, including the clergymen of this city and of neighboring 
places. She could converse in French as well as in the Dutch language, 
and it is said that she was educated in France. Yet, singular to say, her 
paternity has as yet defied the collective wisdom of the New York Bio- 
graphical and Genealogical Society satisfactorily to decide. This vener- 
able lady lived to her ninety-eighth year, and died at the residence of her 
daughter, Mrs. Hallett, 228 Duane Street, May 27, 181 1. 

The picture accompanying this article gives a correct view of Mr. 
Delafield's country seat on Long Island, a mansion still standing on the 
East River bank and opposite more modern Yorkville in this city. It 
was built by him in 1791, and began to be his family residence in the 
spring of 1792. And as it was so for many years and was regarded as the 
most spacious and elegant of all such seats in the vicinity of New York, if 
not anywhere in this country, we offer no apology for introducing here 
some particulars respecting old "Sunswick," for that was its name, of 
far-back English origin, and not unwisely perpetuated by a present repre- 
sentative of this family, as that of his summer residence in West Hampton, 
L. I. The early scenic and rural surroundings of this old place must have 
become much transformed during the intervening years. Blackwell's Isl- 
and, which it faces, the plantation and residence of that ancient New York 
family, interconnected with the Halletts of Hallett's Cove, was doubtless 
then thickly wooded, as also the contiguous shores on each river side. On 
Manhattan Island opposite, the bold bluffs, crested with lofty trees, were 
soon after crowned with other wealthy citizens' country houses, among 
which were Nathaniel Prime's, Archibald Grade's, on the beautiful knoll 
at Horen Hook, both still standing, and Commodore Chauncey's. 

Sunsvvick was built partly in copy of an English manor house. Its 
builder and architect was a Mr. Newton, and its cost, discovered from old 
account books, was $27,629.90 — an immense outlay on a house at an era 
when millionaires were scarce, and the modern palatial mansions of our 
city were strangers even to imagination. The dining-room contained the 
large '■'■horse-shoe table,^' of which many old New Yorkers of the elite class 
must have had knowledge. It was built specially to accommodate the 
members of the " Dinner Club," and was also used on other occasions. 
For many years the Club were invited to meet at Sunswick, once a fort- 
night during the summer months, meeting also at other country seats near 
the city, but oftener at Sunswick from its greater proximity. Lists of the 
names of members are still extant. The gardens were famous for the new 
fruits, flowers, and vegetables, which were received from England as soon 
as they appeared there — all things now common enough, but at the time 
unknown in this country. The place — about one hundred and forty acres 
— now covers numerous house-lots and streets in the faded village of 

In the East River, nearly in front of Sunswick House, John Delafield 
had built a large stone basin, which was always kept supplied with live tur- 
tle from the West Indies. The ruins of this old basin, or of its foundation, 
some years ago greatly puzzled certain local antiquarians, who, it is believed, 
never got at its real use. 

Sunswick, which its first master claimed to be "a bit of old England in 
America," was sold in 1820 to Colonel George Gibbs, in whose day it is 
said also to have had a brilliant record. Subsequently it became a Roman 
Catholic religious house, but of late years has been generally unoccupied. 

1 886.] The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New York. 25 1 

although with its extensive grounds and garden-plot apparently in good 

The record of the old Sunswick family cannot here be given. There 
were seven sons, who all lived to do honor to their father's name and a 
mother's culture, for " she it is who, in her ofBce, stamps the coin of char- 
acter." For particular biographical sketches of several of them — tributes 
of pathetic and glowing pulpit eloquence — we beg leave to refer to a "Me- 
morial Sermon," delivered by the Rev. Dr. Weston, at St. John's Chapel, 
February 21, 1875. These were Major Joseph Delafield, U. S. A., Major- 
General Richard Delafield, U. S. A., and Dr. Edward Delafield, the cele- 
brated old New York physician. It will be remembered by many that two 
of these eminent men, together with their brother, Mr. Henry Delafield, a 
much res|iected merchant, died, at an advanced age, nearly simultaneously, 
viz., on February 12, 13, and 14, 1875, and were buried, at one funeral 
service, in Trinity Church graveyard. It was widely noticed at the time 
as a very remarkable and touching event in family history. 

The father of this distinguished family attended Trinity Church, where 
he had a large square pew. Most, if not all, of his children were baptized 
by the clergy of that church, the ceremony being performed, probably with- 
out an exception, in his own house, and it is believed that sooner or later 
all were numbered among its communicants. 

. We cannot close this article without acknowledging our obligation for 
its materials to a friend in this city having free access to them, as also to 
a charming volume entitled " Biographies of Francis Lewis and Morgan 
Lewis," by their granddaughter, Julia Delafield. This beautiful work gives 
sketches of several ancient New York families, and is enriched with remi- 
niscences of great value relative to prominent persons connected with the 
excellent authoress — recently deceased — by consanguinity, ancestry, or in 
social life. Both as a family history and a literary legacy to her children 
and kindred, for whom it was principally designed, this memorial book 
must ever remain a warmly cherished souvenir among them. 

The rapidly disintegrating processes of " time and chance " impress a 
certain value on the most imperfect endeavors to preserve the memories 
and traditions of the past, and therefore in committing the present sketch 
to the columns of the New York Genealogical and Biographical 
Record we are content to say, in the well-known words of St. Austin : 
Quibiis parum, aut quibus nimium est, mihi ignoscant. 

New York, May i, 1885. 


By Thomas G. Evans. 

I. The first mention in this country, of Tjerck Claessen De Witt, the 
ancestor of the De Witt family,* is found in the " Trouw Boeck " or Regis- 
ter of Marriages of the Reformed (Collegiate) Dutch Church, of New York 
City, where it is recorded that on the 24th day of April, 1656, "Tjerck 

* Tjerck Claessen De Witt was the son, as the name would indicate, of Clacs, or Nicholas De Witt, and, 
judging from the custom prevalent at that time of naming children after grandparents, it is probable that 
his mother's first name was Taatje, for his eldest daughter bears that name, as does also a daughter of 
Emmerentie HofTman, his sister, and furthermore he had a sister named Taatje, living in Holland. 


2C2 The De Witt Fatnily, of Ulster Counry, New York. [Oct., 

Claessen De Witt van Grootholdt en Zunderlandt," married "Barbara 
Andriessen van Amsterdam." Zunderlandt has not been definitely located, 
but it is probably Saterland, a district of Westphalia, on the southern bor- 
der of East Friesland. 

Whether or not any of his family emigrated to America with him has 
not been ascertained, but it is probable that they did, for in 1662 his sister 
Emmerentie De Witt married Martinus Hoffman, at New Amsterdam, and 
in 1699 his brother Jan Claessen De Witt died unmarried at Kingston. 

For a short time after his marriage he lived in New York (his first 
child, Andries, was born there), but in the spring of 1657 he removed to 
Albany, where he had purchased a house and lot. 

In September, 1660, he exchanged his Albany property with Madame 
de Hutter, for land in Wiltwyck (now Kingston), "possession to be given 
May I, 1661." He probably took possession at that time, as in Septem- 
ber, 1661, he appears as plaintiff in an action at law before the Schepens 
Court of Wiltwyck, and on October nth the same court ordered the 
Sheriff (Roeleff Swartwout) to pay him three and a half schepels of wheat 
in eight days and seven more in one month. 

From this time until his death, he resided in Kingston and Hurley, and 
some of the land which he purchased is still in the hands of his descendants. 

That he was a man of considerable means is shown by the fact that in 
1661 he was taxed 125 guilders (about $50) to pay for building a church 
in Esopus. 

In 1662 he owned No. 28 of the "new lots." 

June 7, 1663, when Kingston and Hurley were almost entirely de- 
stroyed by the Indians, his eldest daughter, Taatje, was taken prisoner, but 
was soon rescued. She afterward married Captain Matthys Matthyssen. 

"During the winter of 1664 there was much sickness in Esopus 
[Kingston]. Fever took hold of the peoj^Je and prostrated half the place. 
But this did not prevent men from gathering their money. Roeloff Swart- 
wout sold a horse to Tjerck Claessen De Witt, which was taken to the lat- 
ter' s barn, but the ex-sheriff, becoming dissatisfied, took it away secretly. 
He was sued for the property." [From unpublished " History of Ulster 

June 25, 1672, Governor I^ovelace deeded him "a parcel of bush -land, 
together with a house, lot, orchard, and calves' pasture, lying near Kings- 
ton, in Esopus." 

Octobers, 1677, Governor Andros deeded him a piece of woodland, 
containing about fifty acres, at Kingston in Esopus, "to y" west of y*" towne." 

February 1 1, 1679, he was one of the signers of a renewal of the Nichols 
treaty with the Esopus Indians. 

In 1684 he signed "the humble petition of the inhabitants of Esopus 
in the County of Ulster," praying that there might be " liberty by char- 
ter to this county to choose our owne officers to every towne court by 
the major vote of the freeholders." This petition was addressed to Col. 
Thomas Dongan, Governor-General. It greatly offended the authorities, 
and the signers were arrested and fined. Thus early in the history of the 
country arose the questions of local self-government and the right of suf- 
frage. They were easily answered then. 

February 13, 1685, one hundred and eighty-nine acres of land were 
conveyed to De Witt by the Trustees of Kingston. 

June 6, 1685, he claimed two hundred and ninety acres of land lying 

1 886.] The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New York. 253 

upon the north side of Rondout Kill, and known by the name of " Mom- 
boccus " (in the town of Rochester) in Ulster County. This was laid out 
for him by Phillip Welles, surveyor, and was granted to him by patent, 
May 14, 1694. 

March 4, 1689, he was chosen one of the magistrates of Ulster County, 
having previously held other offices. 

Tjerck Claessen De Witt died at Kingston, February 17, 1700. By his 
will, which bears date the 4th day of March, 1698, and which is written in 
the Dutch language, he leaves his property to his wife for life ; at her death 
one-half to go to his oldest son, Andries, and one-half to his youngest son 
Tjerck, in trust, "provided that the same shall be appraised by impartial 
persons on oath," and divided into twelve equal shares, one share to be 
given to each of his children, their heirs or assigns. In addition to the 
equal share he gave to Andries some lands at Koksinck and Kleine Esopus, 
to Jan and Jacob each five hundred bushels of wheat, and to Lucas, the one- 
half of a sloop which he had built the year previous. The legacy to his 
daughter Rachel is subject to the condition " that my said daughter's share 
shall be decreased one hundred pounds for the benefit of my heirs, which 
is what my daughter's husband, Cornelius Bogardus, owes me for the one- 
eighth of a brigantine, desiring, however, that the child of the said Bo- 
gardus, named Barbara, shall receive, out of the aforesaid hundred pounds, 
fifty pieces of eight." The legacy to his daughter Jannetje, the wife of Cor- 
nelius Swits, is " with these conditions, that if my aforesaid daughter shall 
die without leaving any children, then all the said part shall be the prop- 
erty of my heirs, to be equally divided between them." 

His wife Barbara is appointed executrix, and the witnesses are Jacob 
Rutsen, Abraham La Meter, and William De Meyer. The will is recorded 
in the Ulster County Clerk's Office at Kingston, in Book AA of Deeds, p. 
252, and in the New York Surrogate's Office, Lib. 7 of Wills, p. 601. The 
translation from which the above is taken was kindly furnished by George 
G. De Witt, Esq., of New York City. 

Barbara Andriessen De Witt died on July 6, 17 14, and after her death 
the property was appraised according to the provisions of the will, as ap- 
pears by the following certificate which is recorded in the Ulster County 
Clerk's Office, Book BB of Deeds, p. 513 : 

"Whereas by the Last will and Testament of Tyerck Clasen D'Widt, he 
Left his Estate that it should be vallued & prysed by Indiff"erent and Im- 
partiall men uppon there oath, and aplication being made unto the Court 
for the Ellecting of the psons, & accordingly have made choyce of Capt. 
Derick Schepmoes, M'. Adrian Geritsen, Major Johanis Hardenberg, Mr. 
James Whitaker & Maj"^. Jacobus Elmendorf to valine & prize the said Es- 
tate which they the said psons doe prize accordingly upon oath, being 
sworne upon the holy Evangelists by Coll. Henry Beekman, the said per- 
sons prize the said Estate to be worth the som of fourteen hundred & sev- 
enty-five pounds, Curant monny of New Yorke. 

" In Testimony whereof wee have hereunto Sett our hands this 25"" day 
of Aprill in the yeare 1716. 

" DiRCK. Schepmoes, 
" Arien Gerritsen, 
"J. Hardenbergh, 
" James Whittaker, 
" Jacobus Elmendorf." 

2 54 The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New Yorli. [Oct., 

Children of Tjerck Claessen De Witt and Barbara Atidriessen. 

2. i. Andries," was born in New York City in the early part of 1657. 
On March 7, 1682, he married Jannetje Egbertsen (bapt. New York, Jan, 
II, 1664, d. Nov. 23, 1733), daughter of Egbert Meindertse and Jaepe Jans. 
For some years he lived at Marbletown, Ulster County, on a farm given 
him by his father, but removed to Kingston previous to 1 708. On July 
22, 1710, " Captain Andries De Witt departed this life in a sorrowful way ; 
through the breaking of two sleepers [beams] he was pressed down and 
very much bruised ; he spoke a few words and died." He was buried in 
the churchyard at Kingston. Family 2. 

3. ii. Taatje,^ born at Albany about 1659; ^^^^ previous to 1724. 
She was carried off by the Indians at the burning of Kingston in 1663, but 
was rescued. In 1677 she m. Matthys Matthyssen [Van Keuren], son of 
Matthys Jansen [Van Keuren] and Margaret Hendrickse, who, in 1685, 
was commissioned as captain in the army and later served against the 
French on the northern frontier. (After the death of her husband, Mar- 
garet Hendrickse, Matthys Matthyssen's mother, married Thomas Cham- 
bers, Lord of the Manor of Fox Hall, in Ulster County.) Family 3. 

4. iii. Jannetje,^' bapt. Feb. 12, 1662 ;*m. Cornelius Swits (b. 1651, 
d. 1730), son of Cornelis Claessen Swits and Ariantje Trommels. Corne- 
lius Swits lived at Rochester, Ulster County, on a sixty-acre farm purchased 
by him from his wife's father. Jannetje Swits died in 1744, having had no 

5. iv. Klaes,"" bapt. Feb. 17, 1664 ; d. previous to 1698. 

6. V. Jan,^ bapt. Feb. 14, 1666; m. Wyntje Kiersted, daughter of Dr. 
Roeloff Kiersted and Ikee (or Aaghe) Roosa. (Dr. Roelefif Kiersted was 
the son of Hans Kiersted and Sarah Roeloffse, daughter of the famous An- 
neke Jans by her first husband, and Ikee Roosa was the daughter of Albert 
Heymanse Roosa, one of the first schepens or magistrates of Kingston). 
Jan De Witt died previous to April 12, 17 15, as at that time his will, which 
bears date Oct. 29, 1700, and in which he is described as "of Mombackis 
in Ulster County," was proved before the Surrogate at Kingston. Fam- 
ily 4. 

7. vi. Geertruy,^ bapt. Oct. 15, 1668; m., March 24, 1688, Hendrick 
Hendricksen Schoonmaker (bapt. May 17, 1665), son of Hendrick Jochem- 
sen Schoonmaker and Elsie Janse. He died previous to 1718. They lived 
in Rochester, Ulster County, his brother, Jochem Schoonmaker, having 
been one of the original settlers of that place. Family 5. 

8. vii. Jacob/ m. Grietje Vernooy, daughter of Cornelis C. Vernoy and 
Annatje Cornelissen. Lived in Rochester, Ulster County, on land which 
he and his brother Jan purchased from their father Dec. 24, 1695, for five 
hundred schepels of wheat. This was probably a portion of the land be- 
fore referred to as granted to Tjerck Claessen by patent May 14, 1694. 
In 1 705 Jacob was one of the Trustees of Rochester, and served a number 
of years. He was still living in 1753. Family 6. 

9. viii. Rachel,^ m. Cornelius Bogardus (d. Oct. 13, 1707), son of Cor- 
nelius Bogardus and Helena Teller. Cornelius Bogardus, Sr. (b., Sept. 9, 
1640, d. 1666), was the son of Anneke Jans by her second husband, Rev. 
Everardus Bogardus. Helena Teller (b. 1645) was the eldest daughter of 

* Unless otherwise specified the baptisms are taken from the records of the Dutch Church at Kingston, 

N. Y. 

i886.] The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New York. 255 

William Teller, who settled in Albany in 1639, moved to New York in 1692, 
and died there in 1701. After the death of Cornelius Bogardus, Sr., his 
widow married Francois Rombouts, a noted French merchant of New York 
City, Cornelius Bogardus, Jr., taught school in Albany in 1700, but soon 
after went back to Kingston. His wife, Rachel, was living in 1738. Fam- 
ily 7. 

10. ix. Lucas,- m., Dec. 22, 1695, Annatje Delva, daughter of An- 
thony Delva and Jannatje Hillebrants. She was a Roman Catholic. Lu- 
cas was commander, and joint-owner with his father, of a sloop called the 
St. Barbara, " of about fifty Dutch feet by the keele," which in 1698 they 
sold to Capt. Daniel Hobart, of the Island of Barbadoes, for ^200. He 
died in 1703. On March 31, 1706, his widow married Gerrit Van Ben- 
schoten, and removed to the vicinity of what is now Catskill, Greene 
County, N. Y. Becoming again a widow, she married, Oct. 26, 1721, 
Hendrick Rosekrans, Avhose first wife was Antje Vredeiiberg. Family 8. 

11. X. Peek,- m. (i), Jan. 2, 1698, Marytje Janse Vanderberg, of Al- 
bany, and (2), Dec. 21, 1723, Maria Tennis (b. in Germany), widow of 
Jacob De Mott. At the time of his first marriage he was living in New 
York City. Subsequently he went to Dutchess County, where he settled 
on land jjurchased by his father from Col. Petrus Schuyler, of Albany, 
Sept. 6, 1698. This land was conveyed to him by his father by deed, dated 
Feb. 7, 1700, and in 17 15 he exchanged it, with Col. Henry Beekman, for 
land in Ulster County, whither he subsequently removed. Family 9. 

12. xi. TjERCK.'' Mentioned in his father's will as the youngest son. 
No other record. 

13. xii. Marritje,^ m. (i), Nov. 3, 1700, Hendrick Hendricksen 
[Kortreght], son of Hendrick Jansen [Kortreght] and Catharine Hansen 
Webber, and, having been divorced from him, she married (2) Sept. 6, 
1702, Jan Macklin. Family 10. 

14. xiii. Aagje,^ bapt. Jan. 14, 1684; m., Aug. 23, 1712, Jan Pawling 
(bapt. Oct. 2, i68r), son of Henry Pawling and Neeltje Roosa (dau, of 
Albert Heymanse Roosa). Removed to Philadelphia County, Pa. Fam- 
ily II. 

Family 2. 
Children of A?idries'' De Witt (2) and Jamietje Egbertsen. 

15. i. TjERCK,3 bapt. Jan. 12, 1683; m., Jan. 18, 1708, Anne Pawling 
(bapt. June 19, 1687), daughter of Henry Pawling and Neeltje Roosa, by 
whom he had six children. One of these, Petrus, was the grandfather of 
Peter De Witt, an eminent New York lawyer in the early part of this cen- 
tury. For his second wife Tjerck m. (Oct. 17, 1739) Deborah (baj)!. Sept. 
14, 1684), daughter of Egbert Hendricksen Schoonmaker and Annatje 
Berry, and widow, successively, of Jacob Vernooy and Hendrick Vroom. 
Tjerck died at Kingston, Aug. 30, 1762, leaving no issue by his second 
wife. Family, /2. 

16. ii. Jacob,3 bapt. Sept. 28, 1684, d. in infancy. 

17. iii. Barbara,^ bapt. Aug. 22, 1686, d. in infancy. 

18. iv. Klaes,3 bapt. Ai>ril 30, 1O88, d. in infancy. 

19. vi. Barbara,^ b. Oct. 30, 1689; m., March 25, 1715, Johannes 
Van Leuven ; d. Nov. i, 17 15. 

20. vii. Jacob,3 b. Dec. 30, 1691 ; m.. May 9, 1731, Heyltje Van 

256 The De Witt Fattiily, of Ulster Coimty, New York. [Oct., 

Kampen (bapt. Oct, 6, 1700), daughter of Jan Van Kampen and Tietje 
Janse Decker. Family 13. 

21. viii. Maria,3 b. Jan 21, 1693; m., Oct. 3c, 1713, Jan Roosa, Jr. 
(bapt. Nov. 6, 1692), son of Jan Roosa and Hillegond Van Buren. Fam- 
ily 14. 

22. ix. Helena,3 b. Dec. 7, 1695 ; m., June 6, 1719, Jacob Swits (bapt. 
at Albany, Oct. 29, 1693), son of Isaac Swits and Susanna Groot, and 
nephew of Cornelis Swits, who m. Jannetje De Witt (4). Among her chil- 
dren was Col. Abraham Swits, of Schenectady, who was prominent in the 

23. X, Andries,3 b. April i, 1697; d. July 2, 1701. 

24. xi. Egbert,3 b. March 18, 1699 ; m,, Nov. 4, 1726, Mary Notting- 
ham (b. May 19, 1704), daughter of William Nottingham and Margaret 
Rutsen. He settled at Napanoch, in the town of Warwarsing, Ulster 
County, and had a family of ten children — nine sons and one daughter. 
The daughter, Mary, married Gen. James Clinton, and became the mother 
of Gov. De VVitt Clinton. Family 15. 

25. xii. JoHANNis,3 b. March 26, 1701 ; m., June 27, 1724, Mary Brod- 
head (bapt. Aug. 6, 1699), daughter of Charles Brodhead and Maria Ten- 
broeck. His eldest son, Col. Charles De Witt, who married Blandina 
Dubois, was very prominent in Colonial affairs during the Revolution. 
Family 16. 

26. xiii.. Andries,3 bapt. Feb. 20, 1703; m., Dec. 3, 1731, Bredjen 
Nottingham (bapt. Dec. 23, 1711), a sister of his brother Egbert's wife. 
He died at Rochester, Ulster County, in 1764, leaving a large family of 
children. Family 17. 

Family 3. 

Childreft of Taatfe ^ De Witt (3) and Matthys Mat thy sen Van Keuren. 

27. i. Sara,3 bapt. April 16, 1678 ; m. Matthew Du Bois. 

28. ii. Lea,3 bapt. May 11, 1679. 

29. iii. Matthv.s,3 bapt. April 24, 1681 ; m. Tryntje Sleght. 

30. iv. Tjerck,3 bapt. Dec, 24, 1682 ; m, Marytje Ten Eyck. 

31. V. Thomas,^ bapt. Nov. i, 1684 ; d. young. 

32. vi. Barbara,^ bapt. Oct. 11, 1685; m. (i) Cornelius Wynkoop ; 
(2) Peter Tappen. 

T^^i- vii. Klaes,3 bapt. Dec. 4, 1687. 

34. viii. Thomas, 3 bapt. Oct. 13, 1689 ; ni. Mary Pawling. 

35. ix. Hasuel,3 bapt. Jan. 28, 1692 ; m, Mary Riker. 

36, X. Cornelis, 3 bapt. June 3, 1694; m. (i) Kesiah Hoogteling ; (2) 
Cornelia (Newkirk) Hoff. 

37, xi. Benjamin,^ bapt. Oct. 18, 1696, 

Family 4, 
Children of Jan " De Witt (6) and Wyntje Kiersted. 

38. i. Barbara,^ bapt. April 17, 1692 ; m. Jan Gerritse Dekker (bapt. 
July 28, 1688), son of Gerrit Janse Dekker and Margaret Dekker. Fam- 
ily 18, 

39, ii. Ikee,3 bapt. June 3, 1694; probably m., Dec. 13, 1735, Benja- 
min De Pue (bapt. Oct. 13, 1695), son of Moses De Pue and Marritje 

1 886.] The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New York. 2^'J 

40. iii. Blandina,3 bapt. April 12, 1696; m., Oct. 24, 1719, Jurian 
Westphael (bapt. Sept. 27, 1698), son of Simon Westphael and Neeltje 
Quackenbos. Family 19. 

41. iv. Rachel,3 bapt. Aug. 23, 1698; m., April 15, 1723, Isaac Van 
Aken. P'amily 20. 

41. V. Jannatje,3 bapt. July 13, 1701 ; m. Abraham Van Aken. Fam- 
ily 21. 

Family 5. 
Children of Geertruy' De Witt {7) and Hendrick H. Schoonmaker. 

42. i. Elsie, 3 bapt. April 14, 1689; died young. 

43. ii. Heskia,3 bapt. April 14, 1689; a twin of Elsie. 

44. iii. Barbara, 3 bapt. May 26, 1691 ; m., Oct. 30, 1719, Wilhelmus 

45. iv. Elsie,3 bapt. April 17, 1692 ; m., June 13, 1713, Nicholas De 
Meyer (bapt. Oct. 14, 1683), son of William De Meyer and Catharine 

46. V. Hendrick,3 bapt. June 3, 1694; m., Oct. 16, 1724, Tryntje 

47. vi. Jannetje,3 bapt. Aug. 18, 1695 ; d. young. 

• 48. vii. JoHANNES,3 bapt. July 4, 1697; m., May 15, 1729, Ariaantje 

49. viii. TjERCK,3 bapt. Jan. 22, 1699; m., Nov. 21, 1729, Theodosia 
Whittaker (bapt. May 7, 1710; d. March 6, 1791), daughter of Edward 
Whittaker and Hillitje Burhans. 

50. ix. Jacob,3 bapt. Nov. 3, 1700. 

51. X. Jannetje,3 bapt. Oct. 4, 1702 ; m., Sept. 30, 1720, Hendrick 

52. xi. Sarah, 3 bapt. March 2, 1707 ; d. young. 

53. xii. Catrina,3 bapt. Feb. 11, 1709; m., Jan. 14, 1731, Abraham 

54. xiii. Sarah,3 bapt. Oct. 12, 1710; m., Aug. 19, 1726, Cornelis 

The Maria Schoonmaker, who m. Aug. 28, 1731, Martin Post, was 
probably a daughter of Hendrick and Geertruy. 

Family 6. 
Children of Jacob ^ De Witt (8) and Grietje Vernooy. 

55. i. Anna,3 bapt. March 15, 1696; d. 1715; m., March i, 1713, 
Frederick Schoonmaker (bapt. Jan. 28, 1692), son of Jochem H. Schoon- 
maker and Anna Hussey. Frederick Schoonmaker, m., Feb. 6, 171 7, 
Eva Swartwout (bapt. Nov. 16, 1694), daughter of Thomas Swartwout 
and Elizabeth Gardiner. Family 22. 

56. ii. TjERCK,3 bapt. July 3, 1698; d. 1764; m., Aug. 8, 1719, Ari- 
aantje Dekker (bapt. May 15, 1698), daughter of Gerrit Dekker and Mar- 
garet Dekker. Family 23. 

57. iii. Cornelis,3 bapt. April 6, 1701 ; m., Oct. 3, 1728, Sara Hoorn- 
beck (bapt. Oct. 12, 1710), daughter of Lodowyck Hoornbeck and Marytje 
Vernooy. Family 24. 

58. iv. Jannetje,3 bapt. Feb. 13, 1704; m., Aug. 22, 1731, Gerardus 
van Nieuwegen. Removed to the Minnisink region. Family 2^. 

258 The De Witt Family, of Ulster Couftty, New York. [Oct., 

59. V. Jacob, 3 bapt. Sept. 28, 1707 ; d. unmarried in 1778. 

60. vi. Taatje,3 bapt. Oct. 12, 17 10; m., March 17, 1730, Peter 
Guimard (or Gumaer), son of Pierre Guimard and Hester Hasbrouck. He 
d. in 1779. Pierre Guimard emigrated from France, and settled in the 
Mmnesink region, now the town of Ueerpark, Orange County, N. Y., 
where Peter, his only son, was born about 1710. Family 26. 

61. vii. Elizabeth,^ bapt. Feb. 21, 17 14. 

62. viii. Jan, 3 bapt. June 15, 1718; m., Dec. 19, 1751, Anne Prescott. 
One of his descendants is the Hon. John E. De Witt, of Portland, Me. 

Family 27. 

Family 7. 
Children of Rachel "" De Witt (9) and Cornelius Bogardtis. 

63. i. Helena,^ bapt. April 17, 1692. 

64. ii. Janneke,3 bapt. May 13, 1694, at New York City. 

65. iii. Barbara,^ bapt. Dec. 16, 1695, 

66. iv. Cornelius,^ bapt. Jan. 8, 1699. 

67. V. Rachel,3 bapt. April 27, 1701, at Albany. 

68. vi. Catharina,3 bapt. Aug. 29, 1703. 

69. vii. Margarita,^ bapt. Sept. 22, 1705. 

70. viii. Henricus,3 bapt. Sept. 28, 1707. 

Family 8. 
Children of Lucas' De JVitt (10) and Annafje Delva. 

71. i. Jannetje,3 bapt. March 7, 1696; m., July 19, 1717, Cornelis 
Langendyk (bapt., N. Y., July 10, 1689), son of Pieter Janse Langendyk 
and Geertje Cornelis. Family 28. 

72. ii. Barbara,^ bapt. Nov. 12, 1698; d. young. 

73. iii. Jan,3 bapt. Dec. 8, 1700; m., Sept. 26, 1731, Ariaantje Oster- 
houdt (bapt. March 9, 171 2), daughter of Gysbert Osterhoudt and Maritje 
Bogard. Family 29. 

74. iv. Lucas, 3 bapt. Sept. 5, 1703; ni., Jan. 17, 1729, Catherine 
Roosa (bapt. F"eb. 16, 1709), daughter of Evert Roosa and Tietje Van 
Etten. Among the descendants of this Lucas is the Rev. John De Witt, 
New Brunswick, N. J., one of the Committee on the Revision of the 
Bible. Family 30. 

Family 9. 
Children of Peek ^ De Witt (11) and Marytje Vanderberg. 

75. i. Maria,3 bapt. New York, Nov. 13, 169S ; m., June 3, 1720, 
Hugo Freer, son of x\braham Freer and Aagje Titsoort. Family 31. 

76. ii. TjERCK.,3 bapt. Feb. 11, 1700, d. in infancy. 

77. iii. TjERCK,3 bapt. Sept. 12, 1703; m., Aug. 7, 1737, Marjory 
Sissem. Family 32. 

78. iv. Jannktje,3 bapt. March 24, 1706. 

79. V. Johannes,^ bapt. Feb. 18, 1709. 

80. vi. Catrina,3 bapt. June 17, 1711. 

Children by his second wife, Maria Teunis. 

81. vii. Christina,^ bapt. May 23, 1725; m., Nov. 26, 1748, Arie Van 
Etten, son of Petrus Van Etten. Family t^t^. 

1 886.] Brookhaven (Z. /.) Epitaphs. 259 

82. viii. Anna Maria,^ bapt. (Athens Ch. Rec.) April 30, 1730, d. 
April I, 1814; ni. (i), Nov. 30, 1749, Frederick Winne (bapt. Sept. 22, 
1723), son of Pieter Winne and Antje Merkal; m. (2), May 13, 1758, Jan 
L. De Witt (202). Family 34. 

{To be continued.) 


By William Kklby. 


In Memory of Alexander Hawkins, who died May 2d. A.D. 1787 aged 
74 years. 

In Memory of Tabitha wife of Alexander Hawkins, who died Sept. 14th 
1798 in the 87th year of her age. 

In Memory of Charity wife of Jacob Hawkins, who died July 17, 1819. 
aged 66 years 

In Memory of Alexander Hawkins, who died April 27 1810 M 69. 

In Memory of Miriam wife of Alexander Hawkins, who died March 12 
1838 aged 90 years 3 mos. & 12 days. 

In Memory of Merrit Hawkins who departed this life June 11. 1849 
aged 71 years 7 mos. «S: 5 days. 

In Memory of Anna wife of Merrit Hawkins who departed this life Feb. 
22d. 1822 aged 39 years 11 mos. & 2 days. 

In Memory of 

Zopher Hawkins 

who died Oct 26, 1847 

in the 91st year of his age 

He served his country faithfully in the 

Revolution, and was a captive among 

the Indians 3 years. 

He lived a quiet and peaceful life, was happy and resign'd in death. 

Ruth daughter of Zophar & Julianer Hawkins departed this life Sept. 
26. 1832 aged 24 years 4 mos. & 6 days 

In Memory of Julianer wife of Zopher Hawkins. Died Oct. Sth 1842 
in the 68th year of her age 

In Memory of Mary wife of Samuel Hawkins, who died March 29, 
1800 aged 78 years 

In Memory of Samuel Hawkins, who died March 15, 1810 A\ 89. 

in Memory of Hannah wife of Jacob Hawkins Jr., who died Dec. i. 
1S05 in the 23d year of her age 

In Memory of Jacob Hawkins Jr. who died May 29 1840 aged 56 years 
10 mos. 2 days. 

Mary S. wife of Jacob Hawkins, died Dec. 31 1858 M. 74 years 2 mos. 

In Memory of Alexander Hawkins, who died Feb 23d. 1855 Aged 78 

In Memory of Sarah Hawkins, wife of Alexander Hawkins, who died 
Sept. 23d 1858 aged 76 years. 

26o Brookhaven (Z. I.) Epitaphs. [Oct., 

Moses, son of Alexander & Sarah Hawkins, died March ii. 1813 JE 3 

Simeon Hawkins, died July 3, 1824 J¥^. 80 

Elizabeth wife of Simeon Hawkins, died March 20 181 1 M. 64 

Tarpathy, wife of Daniel Smith, died March 13 1799 in the 25th year 
of her age 

Sarah, wife of Daniel Smith, died Dec. 23. 1830 in the 60th year of her 

Daniel Smith, died July 27 1853 M. 80 years 8 mos. and 5 d's. 

Anum Smith, died Dec 4 1855 in the 82d year of his age. 

Nathan Hawkins, died March 30, 1831. in the 40th year of his age 

James Hawkins, died June i, 1864 M. 87 years 4 mos. 

Mary, wife of James Hawkins, died Dec. 7 1833 aged 53 years and 
2 days 

Joel Hawkins, died Feb 22 1830 in the 49th year of his age. 

In Memory of Isaac Hawkins, who departed this life Feb 3. 1836 in 
the 77th )'ear of his age. 

William S. son of James H & Hannah Beasley, died Sept. 13. 185 1 
aged II months & 26 days. 

Ebenezer Smith, son of Isaac & Rebecca Hawkins, born March 23 
1838, died Sept 7 1879 

In Memory of Isaac Hawkins, who died March 30 1854 aged 48 years 
and 19 days 

Amos C. Smith, died May 23 1865 M 56 years 3 mos. & 23 days. 

Mary R, born March 14 1866, died April 14. 1872 Amy A. born Oct 
12 1869, died April 19. 1872 children of Ebenezer S. & Elizabeth A. 

Sarah Ann, wife of Ebenezer Hawkins, and daughter of Merritt & Ann 
Hawkins, born July 26 181 5, died Nov. 20 1879. 

Ebenezer, son of Zophar & Ellen Hawkins, of New Village, L. I. born 
Nov. 4 1815, died March 30 1880 

Mary, wife of T. B. Crane, born Jan 9. 1806, died April 3 1878 

Elizabeth, wife of Andrew L. Milles, born Jan ie 1802 died June 3. 

Mary Eliza, daughter of Martin & Emily Nivens, born May 7. 1857, 
died Dec. 29, 1857. 

Alexander Hawkins IV. died May 9. 1863 aged 52 years 

Marv A, daughter of Alexander & Sarepta A. Hawkins died Sept 27 
1854 M. 3 mos & 2 days. 

Alexander, son of Alexander & Sarepta A. Hawkins, died Sept 21. 1854 
JEi. I year 7 mos. 

Emily E, daughter of Alexander & Sarepta A. Hawkins, died Oct. 5. 
1847 M. 5 mos. 

Sarah E. daughter of Alexander & Sarepta A. Hawkins, died April 23, 
1843 ^- 3 nios, 23 days. 

John S. son of Alexander & Sarepta A. Hawkins, died Sept, 6. 1841 
J¥a 6 years, 2 days. 

Anna Josephine, daughter of Robert and Laura E, Walmsley, died Jan. 
20, 185 1, aged I year 3. mos. & 15 days. 

In Memory of William Coleman, infant son of Robert and Laura E. 
Walmsley, who departed this life July 29th 1844, aged 3 mos & 4 days. 

1 886.] Early Settlers of Ulster County. 26 1 


Abraham and Jean Hasbrouck. 

By Gerrit H. Van Wagenen. 

Abraham and Jean Hasbrouck, or Hasbroucque, ancestors of the Has- 
brouck family in this country, were born in Calais, France, of which place 
their father was a native. Driven out of France b)' the religious troubles 
and persecutions which beset the Huguenot families in those days, their 
father, with his two sons, Abraham and Jean, and a daughter who was mar- 
ried to Pierre Hayaar, went to Mannheim, in the Lower Palatinate, Ger- 
many, where they all resided for several years. In 1673 Jean Hasbrouck, 
with his wife Anna Duyon [Deyo] and two or more children, came to 
America, and probably went directly to Esopus, where he settled. Abra- 
ham, of whom we have fuller record from manuscript preserved in the 
family, went from Mannheim to Holland, and from thence, in company 
with a number of his acquaintances, sailed for America in April, 1675. 
He landed at Boston, proceeded directly to New York, and then to Esopus, 
which he reached in July of the same year, and where he found his brother 

On November 17, 1675, he married, at Hurley, Marie, daughter of 
Christian Duyon [Deyo], whom he had known in Germany, and who had 
come over on the same vessel with him. She was probably a sister of 
Jean's wife. In 1677 he, with his brother Jean and some others, obtained 
from Governor Andros a patent for a large tract of land in Ulster County, 
south of Kingston, where they settled and which they named New Paltz. 
" And the said Abraham Hasbrouck and his associates assembled together 
in the New Paltz, and became and formed themselves into a congregation 
by the name of the Walloon Protestant Church, after the name and disci- 
pline of the church of Geneva, according to the tenets of John Calvin, and 
had divine service in the French language for about one-half a century, 
and then the French language being much lost, then the descendants of 
the Waldenses or Walloorfs have divine service in the Dutch language, being 
the vulgar tongue (using and holding by the same discipline as at first). 
But during the life of the said Abraham Hasbrouck, and several of his 
associates, divine service was always in the French language " (Hasbrouck 

Abraham Hasbrouck was for many years a member of the Provincial 
Assembly, and was also Major of the Ulster County Regiment of Militia. 
He died of apoplexy on Sunday, March 17, 171 7. His wife died March 
27, 1 741, aged eighty-eight years. 

Descendants of Abraham Hasbrouck, the Emigrant. 
Children of Abraham Hasbrouck and Maria Deyo. 

1. i. Rachel,^' bapt. in N, Y., May 12, 1680; sponsors, Carel de 
Nuson, Abraham Rutan, Margriet Dojou, m. at Kingston, Jan. 19, 1701, 
Louis Dubois, She died previous to 171 7. Family 2. 

2. ii. Anna,=' bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 9, 1682 ; sponsors, Jean Has- 
brouck and Anna Deyo ; d. in infancy. 

3. iii. Joseph,^' bapt. at New Paltz, Oct. 23, 1684, d. Jan. 28, 172I, 



262 Early Settlers of Ulster County. [Oct., 

aged 40 ; ni. at Kingston, Oct. 2 7, 1 706, Elsie Schoonmaker, bapt. at 
Kingston, Dec, 13, 1685, d. July 27, 1764, aged 78 years, 8 months, and 
3 days, daughter of Jochem Schoonmaker and Petronella Sleght. Family 3. 

4. iv. Solomon,'' bapt. at New Paltz, Oct. 17, 1686; sponsors, Louis 
Bevier and La Toynette ; d. April 3, 1753, m. at Kingston, April 7, 1721, 
Sara, dau. of Jacob Aartsen Van Wagenen and Sara Pels, b. Dec. i, 1701, 
bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 21, 1701 \yan Wagerien Genealogy, p. 15]. 
Family 4, 

5. V. JoNAS,^ bapt. at New Paltz, Oct. 14, 1691 ; sponsor, Abraham, 
son of John Hasbrouck ; d. in infancy. 

6. vi. Daniel,^ bapt. at Kingston, June 3, 1694 ; sponsors, Andries Le 
P'ever and Sarah Rutgers; d. Jan. 25, 1759, "^- April 2, 1734, Wyntje 
Deyo, d. Oct. 30, 1787, aged 79 years, 11 months. Family 5. 

7. vii. Benjamin,^ bapt. May 31, 1696; sponsors, Abraham Deyo and 
Mary Frere. 

(According to the Hasbrouck manuscripts there were other children who 

died in infancy.) 

Family 2. 
Children of Rachel'' Hasbrouck {No. i) and Louis Dubois. 

8. i. Maria,3 bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 7, 1710; sponsors, Mary and 
Isaac Hasbrouck. 

9. ii. Nathaniel,^ bapt. at Kingston, June 6, 1 703 ; sponsors, Jacob 
Dubois and Gerritje CorneiUisen. 

10. iii. Mary,3 bapt. at Kingston, March 24, 1706; sponsors, Isaac 
and Mary Hasbrouck. 

11. iv. Jonas, 3 bapt. at Kingston, June 20, 1708 ; sponsors, Abraham 
Hasbrouck and Maria Deyo. 

12. V. Jonathan, 3 bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 21, 1710; sponsors, Jo- 
seph Hasbrouck, Elsie Schoonmaker, Roeloff Elting and Sara Dubois. 

13. vi. CATRyNA,3 bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 31, 1714; sponsors, Solo- 
mon Hasbrouck, Catharine Dubois. 

Family 3. 
Children of Joseph " Hasbrouck {No. 3) and Elsie Schoonmaker. 

14. i. Abraham,^ b. at Guilford, Ulster County, N. Y., Aug. 21, 1707, 
bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 19, 1707; sponsors, Louis Dubois and Rachel 
Hasbrouck; d. Nov. 10, 1791 ; m. June 5, 1739, Catharine Bruyn, b. 
June 24, 1720, d. Aug. 10, 1793, daughter of Jacobus Bruyn and Tryntje 
Schoonmaker. Family 6. 

15. ii. Sara, 3 bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 18, 1709; sponsors, Cornelis 
and Sara Schoonmaker; d. Jan. 24, 1780; m. at Kingston, Oct. 27, 1737, 
William Osterhoudt. Family 7. 

16. iii. Petronella,3 bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 25, 1710 ; sponsors, 
Jochem Schoonmaker and Annatje Hoffman ; m. at New Paltz, July 24, 
1,735, Simon Lefever. 

17. iv. IsAAC,3 b. March 21, 1712 ; bapt. at Kingston, May 11, 17 12 ; 
sponsors, Solomon Hasbrouck and Catharine Dubois; d. April 6, 1778, 
and buried in churchyard at Shawangunk ; m. July 14, 1766, Annetje 
Low, d. Oct. 2, 1 784. She was the widow of John Van Gaasbeck. 

x886.J Early Settlers of Ulster Cotmty. 263 

18. V. Maria,3 b. Jan. 10, 1714, bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 7, 1714; 
sponsors, Isaac Lefever, Sara Rutsen ; d. Jan. 12, 1774; m. at New Paltz, 
Oct. 14, 1734, John Gasherie ; m. (2) June i, 1752, Abraham Harden- 
berg ; d. Nov. 13, 1771, aged sixty years, ten months. Family 8. 

19. vi. Rachel,3 b. Nov. 11, 1715; bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 8, 1716; 
sponsors, Louis Bevier and EHzabeth Hasbrouck; d. April 19, 1756; m. 
at Kingston, Sept. 3, 1747, Jan Elting, widower of Rachel Whitaker, and 
son of VViliam Elting and Jannetje Lesier. He was bapt, at Kingston, 
Feb. II, 1709; d. March 7, 1762 (G. & B, Rec, vol xvi., p. 31). They 
had a child, Elsie, bapt. at Kingston, June 24, 1748, who m. Sylvester Sal- 
isbury, bapt. at Kingston, June 14, 1743 ; d. April 10, 1785. 

20. vii. Jacob, 3 bapt. at Kingston, May 5, 1717 ; d. March 8, 1802; 
m. at Kingston, Oct. 17, 1746, Maria Hoornbeclc, b. Aug. 24, 1718; d. 
Aug. I, 1789, daughter of Cornelis Hoornbeck and Annatje Osterhoudt. 
Family 9. 

21. viii. Benjamin,^ bapt. at Kingston, June 28, 1719; sponsors, Dan- 
iel Hasbrouck and Anneke Schoonmaker ; m. Nov. 27, 1752, Lydia 
Schoonmaker. Family 10. 

22. ix. CoRNELis,3 bapt. Sept. 25, 1720; sponsors, Benjamin and 
Sara Dubois. 

23. X. Jonathan,^ b. April 12, 1722; m. May, 1751, Tryntje, daugh- 
ter of Cornelius Dubois. Settled in Newburg, Orange County, N. Y., and 
died there July 31, 1780, and was buried on his own land between his 
house and the North River. His homestead is the Washington Head- 
quarters, now owned by the State of New York. 

His will, dated Nov. 24, 1772, mentions his wife Tryntje, and his chil- 
dren Cornelius, Isaac, Jonathan (youngest son), Rachel, and Mary. He 
devised to each daughter ;^5oo when his youngest son comes of age, the 
rest of the property to be divided equally among his three sons when the 
youngest comes of age. The executors named are his wife, his son Cor- 
nelius, his brother Abraham, and Joseph Gasherie. Proved Dec. 21, 
1782. Joseph Gasherie, Surrogate. Recorded N. Y. Surrogate's Office, 
Lib. 36 of Wills, p. 166. 

Family 4. 

Childreji of Solomon ^ Hasbrouck {JVo. 4) atid Sara Van Wageften. 

24. i. Abraham, 3 bapt. at Kingston, March 11, 1722; sponsors, Dan- 
iel Hasbrouck and Maria Dubois; m. at Kingston, Jan. 28, 1749, Rachel 
Slecht. , 

25. ii. Jacobus,^ bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 3, 1725; sponsors, Aart Van 
Wagenen and Marytje Low; d. in infancy. 

26. iii. Jacobus, 3 bapt. at Kingston, Jan. i, 1727; sponsors, Cornelis 
Elmendorf and Engeltje Heermans ; m. at Rochester, Ulster County, 
March 19, 1755, Die>vertje (Deborah) Van Wagenen (living at Keysericke), 
bapt. Feb. 6, 1732, daughter of Benjamin Van Wagenen and Elizabeth 
Van den Berg. 

27. iv. Jan,3 bapt. at Kingston, Feb. i, 1730; sponsors, Jacob Has- 
brouck and Ester Bevier; m. at Kingston, Dec. 24, 1763, Rachel Van 
Wagenen, of Wagendal, daughter of Johannes Van Wagenen and Elizabeth 
Freer, bapt. May 13, 1741. She m. (2), about 1769, Petrus Schoonmaker. 

28. V. Daniel,^ bapt. at New Paltz, Oct. 18, 1732; sponsors, Daniel 
Dubois and Marie Dubois. 

264 Early Settlers of Ulster County. [Oct., 

29. vi. SiMON,3 bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 25, 1735; sponsors, Simon 
Lefever and Petronella Gaasbeck. 

30. vii. Petrus,^ bapt. at Kingston, Aug. 20, 1738; m. at New Paltz, 
Oct. 26, 1765, Sarah, daughter of Abraham Bevier and Margaret Elting, 
bapt. at Kingston, June 24, 1744. 

31. viii. Elias,3 bapt. June 21, 1741; m. EUzabeth Slecht. 

Family 5. 
Children of Daniel ^ Hasbrotick {No. 6) and Wyntje Deyo. 

32. i. Maria,3 bapt. at New Paltz, Jan. 9, 1735; sponsors, Solomon 
Hasbrouck and Sara Van VVagenen. 

2,T,. ii. JoNAS,3 bapt. at New Paltz, May, 13, 1736; sponsors, Abra- 
ham and Elizabeth Deyo ; m. Catharine, daughter of Jehosaphat Dubois. 

34. iii. David,3 bapt. at New Paltz, June 8, 1740; sponsors, Isaac 
Hasbrouck and Mary Frere. 

35. iv. Elsie,3 bapt. at New Paltz, July 4, 1742 ; sponsors, Isaac and 
Rachel Hasbrouck ; m. Petrus Smedes, Jr. 

36. V. Rachel,3 bapt. at New Paltz, Oct. 30, 1743 ; sponsors, Antonie 
Hoffmann and Catharine Van Gaasbeck. 

37. vi. JosiA,3 bapt. at Kingston, April 13, 1746; sponsors, Abraham 
Hasbrouck and Catharine Bruyn. 

38. vii. Benjamin,^ bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 31, 1748; sponsors, Jo- 
hannes Hardenberg and Maria Dubois. 

(In the will of Wyntje Hasbrouck, widow of Daniel Hasbrouck, of New 
Paltz, dated June 23, 1781, two other children are mentioned besides those 
whose baptisms are given above ; namely, Josaphat (who was probably 
born in 1738) and Zacharias.) 

Family 6. 

Children of Abraham ^ Hasbrouck {No. 14) and Catharine Bruyn. 

39. i. Catharine," bapt. at Kingston, April 4, 1740; d. Dec. 5, 1747. 

40. ii. Elsie/ bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 28, 1742 ; d. June 14, 1812 ; 
m., Nov. 9, 1770, Abram, son of Abram Salisbury and Rachel Ten Broeck, 
b. Dec. 5, 1744; d. Feb. 22, 1808. 

41. iii. Joseph,"* bapt. at Kingston, March 4, 1744 ; d. Feb. 26, 1808 ; 
m., March 25, 1773, Elizabeth Bevier; d. May 4, 1795. 

42. iv. Geertruyd,'* b. Jan. 12, 1746; d. July 29, 1746. 

43. V. Geertruyd,'* b. Nov. i, 1747; d. Dec. 4, 1747. 

44. vii. Catharine," b. Jan. 15, 1749; d. Aug. 27, 1807; m., Nov.'9, 
1770, Abraham Hoogteling. 

45. viii. Maria," bapt. at Kingston, July 7, 1751; d. Nov. 29, 1816 
m., Jan. 25, 1778, David Bevier, who died June 17, 1822. 

46. ix. Jacobus," bapt. at Kingston, Sept. 28, 1753; d, July 4, 1819 
m. at Kingston, April 10, 1783, Maria De Witt, b. Sept. 28, 1760 ; d. July 
18, 1798 ; daughter of Charles De Witt and Blandina Dubois. 

47. X. Abraham," bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 8, 1756; d. June 10, 1796 

48. xi. Daniel," bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 29, 1758; d. March 6, 1759 

49. xii. Daniel," bapt. at Kingston, March 9, 1760; m., June i, 1786 
Rachel, daughter of Col. Jonathan Hasbrouck, of Newburg (23). 

1 886.] Early Settlers of Ulster County. 265 

50. xiii. Jonathan/ bapt. at Kingston, Nov. 6, 1763; d. Aug. 4, 
1846 ;,m., Oct. I, 1786, Catharine, daughter of Cornehus C. Wynkoop 
and Maria Catharine Ruhl, b. Oct. 24, 1763 ; bapt. in New York, Nov. 
20, 1763; d. Feb. II, 1846, at Kingston, N. Y. 

Family 7. 
Children of Sarah ^ Hashrouck {No. 15) atid Willia?n Osterhoudt. 

51. i. Elsie/ bapt. at Kingston, April 5, 1741. 

52. ii, Joseph,'' bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 5, 1746. 

Family 8. 
Children of Maria '^ Hasbrouck {No. 18) and Ja7i Gasherie. 

53. i. Joseph,'' bapt. at New York, April 4, 1736; sponsors, Nicholas 
Antony and Hester Roome, syn. h. v. 

54. ii. Abraham,'* bapt. at New York, Oct. 19, 1737 ; sponsors, Jobs. 
Hardenberg and Judith Gasherie, wed. van Lucas Brainer. 

55. iii. Abraham,'' bapt. at New York, July 4, 1739 ; sponsors, Gerrit 
Van VVagenen and Judith Gasherie, wed. van Lucas Brainer. 

56. iv. Elsie," bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 13, 1743; sponsors, Abraham 
Hasbrouck and Catharine Bruyn. 

Children by second husband — Abraham Hardenberg. 

57. V. Nicholas,'' bapt. at New Paltz, May 16, 1753. 

58. vi. Elias,'' bapt. at' New Paltz, Jan. 20, 1754. 

59. vii. Maritje,-' bapt. at New Paltz, Jan. 16, 1757. 

60. viii. Rachel,'' bapt. at New Paltz, Aug. 20, 1758. 

Family 9. 
Children of Jacob^ Hasbrouck {No. 20) and Maria Hoornbeck. 

61. i. Annatje,* mentioned in her father's will. No record of bap- 
tism. Probably born in 1748. 

62. ii. Elsie, ^ b. March 20, 1750, bapt. at Kingston, April i, 1750, d. 
June 28, 1832, m. Feb. 28, 1782, Thomas De Witt, son of Egbert De Witt 
and Mary Nottingham. 

6 J,, iii. Mary,'' bapt. at Rochester, Ulster Co., April 22, 1752. 

64. iv. Joseph,' bapt. at Marbletown, Sept. 14, 1754. 

65. V. Rachel,^ bapt. at Marbletown, Aug. 23, 1757. 

66. vi. Ariaantje,^ bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 22, 1759, '"• Simeon De- 

Family 10. 
Children of Benjamin ^ Hasbrouck {No. 21) a?id Lydia Schoonmaker. 

67. i. Eva,* bapt. at New Paltz, Oct, 27, 1753. 

68. ii. Elsie,* bapt. at Shawangunk, Jan. 17, 1756. 

69. iii. Sarah,* bapt. at New Paltz, May 13, 1764. 

70. iv. Benjamin," bapt. at Shawangunk, 1766. 

71. V. Cornelis,' b. 1769. 

266 Early Settlers of Ulster County. [Oct., 

Descendants of Jean Hasbrouck, the Emigrant. See page 261. 
Children of Jean Hasbrouck and Anna Deyo. 

1. i, Maria,^ b. at Mannheim, Germany ; m. at Kingston, N. Y., June 
I, 1683, Isaac Dubois, b. at Mannheim, Germany, son of Louis Dubois 
and Catharine Blanshan. Family 2. 

Louis Dubois died at New Paltz, June 28, 1690. 

2. ii, Hester,'^ b. at Mannheim, Germany, m, at Kingston, April 18, 
1692, Pierre Guimard, b. at Moise, Province of Saintonge, France, son of 
Pierre Guimard and Anne Damour. 

The will of Pierre Guimard (Jr.), of Magachemeck, Ulster Co. (now 
town of Deerpark, Orange Co.), is dated Sept. 24, 1726. It mentions his 
only son, Pierre, to whom he gives all the real estate ; and his daughters, 
Hester, wife of Phillip Dubois ; Anna, wife of Jacobus Swartwout, Jr. ; 
Mary and Elizabeth. The executors named are his son, Pierre, and his 
sons in-law, Dubois and Swartwout. Witnesses, Louis Bevier, Stephen 
Nottingham, and W. Nottingham. Proved at Kingston, Oct. 4, 1732. E. 
Whittaker, Surrogate. Recorded in N. Y. Surrogate's ofifice, Lib. 11 of 
Wills, p. 395. The name in the Dutch Ch. Records of Kingston is given 
as Pieter Geemar. It is now spelled Gumaer (see Ruttenber and Clark's 
Hist, of Orange Co.). Family 3. 

3. iii. Abraham," bapt. at Kingston, March 31, 1678; sponsors, Abra- 
ham Hasbrouck and Margaret Deyo. 

4. iv. Elizabeth,'' bapt. at New Paltz, April 4, 1685 ; sponsors, Pierre 
and Elizabeth Deyo ; m. at Kingston, June 2, 1713, Louis Bevier. Fam- 
ily 4. ... 

5. v. Jacob, ° bapt. at New Paltz, April 15, 1688 ; sponsors, Louis 
Bevier and Mary Le Blanc ; m. at Kingston, Dec. 7, 1714, Ester Bevier. 
His will is dated Sept. 25, 1747, at New Paltz ; mentions wife. Ester, and 
children, Benjamin, Isaac, and Jacob, Executors, his wife and three 
sons. Proved Sept. 15, 1761. Jan Elting, Surrogate. Family 5. 

Pamily 2. 
Children of Maria "^ Hasbrouck [No. 1.) and Isaac Dubois. 

6. i. Daniel,' bapt. at New Paltz, April 28, 1684; sponsors, Louis 
Dubois and Catharine Blanshan ; m. Marytje Lefever. 

7. ii. Benjamin,' bapt. at New Paltz, April 16, 1689 ; sponsors, Abra- 
ham Dubois and Anne Deyo ; m. at Kingston, March 30, 1721, Catharine 

8. iii. Philip,' bapt. at New Paltz, May 14, 1690 ; sponsors, John 
and Ester Hasbrouck; m. at Kingston, June 20, 171 7, Ester Gemaar, 
daughter of Pierre Gemaar (Guimard) and Ester Hasbrouck (No. 2). 

Family 3. 
Children of Hester' Hasbrouck [No. 2) and Pierre Guimard {Gumaer.) 

9. i. Anna, 5 bapt. at Kingston, June 3, 1694; sponsor, Maria Has- 
brouck ; m. at Kingston, May 30, 1721, Jacobus Swartwout, bapt. at Kings- 
ston, March 29, 1696, son of Anthony Swartwout and Jannetje Coobes. 

10. ii. Ester,3 bapt. at Kingston, May 16, 1697 ; sponsors, Isaac and 
Anna Hasbrouck; m. at Kingston, June 20, 171 7, Philip, son of Isaac 
Dubois and Maria Hasbrouck (8). 

i886.J Early Settlers of Ulster County. 267 

11. iii. Rachel,3 bapt. at Kingston, March 4, 1700; sponsors, An- 
dries Lefever and Rachel Hasbrouck. 

12. iv. Maritje,3 bapt. at Kingston, Jan. 24, 1703; m. at Kingston, 
April 24, 1 728, Jan Elting, son of Roeloff Elting and Sara Dubois (Genea- 
logical AND Biographical Record, vol. xvi., p. 29). 

13. V. Elizabeth, 3 bapt. at Kingston, March 24, 1706; sponsors, 
Daniel Dubois and Elizabeth Hasbrouck. 

14. vi. Pieter 3 (Pierre), bapt. about 1710; m. at Kingston, March 
17, 1730, Taatje De Witt, bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 12, 1710, daughter of 
Jacob De Witt and Grietje Vernooy. 

Family 4. 
Child of Elizabeth " Hasbrouck {No. 4) and Louis Bevier. 

15. i. Louis,3 bapt. at Kingston, June 9, 1717; d. Sept. 29, 1772; 
m. at Kingston, Oct. 24, 1745, Ester Dubois, daughter of Philip Dubois 
and Ester Gemaar (No. 8); had children: David, bapt. Dec. 28, 1746; 
Elizabeth, bapt. June 11, 1749; Phihp Dubois, bapt. Jan. i, 1752; all 
bapt. at Kingston. 

Family 5. 

Children of Jacob ' Hasbrouck {No. 5) and Ester Bevier. 

16. i. Jan,3 bapt. at Kingston, Dec. 16, 1716 ; sponsors, Louis Bevier 
and Elizabeth Hasbrouck. 

17. ii. Benjamin,^ bapt. at Kingston, May 17, 1719; sponsors, Philip 
Dubois and Hester Gemaar. 

18. iii. Isaac,3 bapt. at Kingston, March 11, 1722 ; sponsors, Abra- 
ham Bevier and Rachel Vernoy ; m., Aug. 30, 1745, Maria Bruyn, bapt. 
June 23, 1723; d. Oct. 8, 1776, daughter of Jacobus Bruyn and Wyntje 
Schoonmaker. Family 6. 

19. iv. Lewis,' bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 21, 1725 ; sponsors, Nicholas 
Hoffman and Jannetje Crispel. 

20. V. Jacob,3 bapt. at Kingston, May 7, 1727 ; sponsors, Daniel Has- 
brouck and Elizabeth Bevier. 

21. vi. JosAPHAT,3 bapt. at New Paltz, April 29, 1729; sponsors, 
Daniel Hasbrouck and Jacob Hasbrouck ; m. Cornelia Dubois. 

Family 6. 
Children of Isaac '^ Hasbrouck {No. 18) and Maria Bruyn. 

22. i. Jacob,'* bapt. at Kingston, Oct. 5, 1746; sponsors, Benjamin 
Hasbrouck and Annetje Bruyn ; d. in infancy. 

23. ii." Jacob,'* bapt. at Kingston, Feb. 19, 1749; sponsors, Severyn 
and Anna Bruyn. 

24. iii. Jacobus Bruyn,-* bapt. Dec. i, 1753, at Marbletown ; sponsors, 
Solomon Van Wagenen and Annetje Bruyn ; m. Annetje, daughter of 
David Abeel and Neeltje Van Bergen, bapt. at Kaatsbaan, April 8, 1760 ; 
d. July 12, 1833. 

25. iv. Severyn,* bapt. at Kingston, Jan. i, 1756. 

26. v. Maria,-* bapt. at New Paltz, Feb. 5, 1758. 

27. vi. Hester,"* bapt. at Marbletown, Aug. 12, 1762. 

28. vii. Benjamin,-* bapt. at Marbletown, April 3, 1764. 

29. viii. Louis," bapt. at Marbletown, Feb. 5, 1767. 

30. ix. Anna," bapt. at Marbletown, June 25, 1769. 

268 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [Oct., 

CITY OF NEW YORK.— Baptisms. 

(Continued from Vol. XVII., p. 231, of The Record.) 

Septemb: 12. 


Johannes Van Diier- Hester. 

se, Jannetje Mar- 
PhiUppus Van Bor- Elizabeth. 

s6m, Margrietje 

Benjamin Wynkoop, Maria. 

Femmetje Van der 

Gilbert Liveston, Henricus. 

Cornelia Beekman. 

Septemb. 3. Samuel Kranckling, Loiiwerens. 

Jannetje Hey. 
John S t a ff, Aaltje Elizabeth. 

12. Hendrikus Van der Johannes. 

Spiegel, Anneke 


Wynant Van't. Zant, Margrietje. 
Catharina Ten Yk. 

Victoor Hyer, Jan- Teuntje. 

netje Van Gelder. 
Jacob Brat, Aegje Johanna. 

Jacobtis Van D y k. Dirk. 

Maria HoUaar. 
Claas Bogert, Grietje Elizabeth. 

Thomas Pouvvel, Jan- Wyntje. 

netje Waldrom. 

Gerrardiis Comfert, Annatje. 

Catharina Henne- 

Hans Kierstede, Ma- Rachel. 

ria Van Vlek. 
Corn el us VVeynat, Willem Jo- 

Tryntje Boiimans. ris. 
October 6. Hendrik Montras, Margrietje. 

Elizabeth Jeffers. 
Baltus de Hart, Mar- Moiiris. 

grietje Mourits. 

Jan Canon, Marytje Catharina. 




Johannes Aartse, Annatje 
V d'. Spiegel. 

Fredrik Willemse, Eliza- 
beth Montanje. 

Jacob Boele, Jaquemyntje 

Hendrikus Beekman, 
Robb. Liveston J', Jo- 
hanna Beekman. 

Leverence Kr a nek ley, 
Engeltje Kranckley. 

Jan Pouwelse, Aaltje Van 

Rip Van Dam, Margrie- 
tje Van Br ugh. 

Johannes Van't Zant, 
Margrietje Van 't Zant, 
s. h. V. 

Willem Hyer, Dorathe de 


Barent & ) -n .... 
c - \ Bratt. 

busanna j 

Pieter Van Dyk, Urseltje 

Van Dyk, s: moeder. 
Pieter Haering, Grietje 

Willem Van de Water, 

Willem Waldrom, 

Wyntje Byvank. 
Gidion Lynce, Elizabeth 


Abraham Van Vlek, 
Maria Romme. 

Pieter Van Tilburg Jn'., 
Chustina Bouman. 

Hendrik Buys, D i r k j e 

Jacobus Mouris, Jacob 
Kip inpleats, Cornelia 
Mouris j. dog*. 

Anthony Rutgers, Catha- 
rina Rutgers, h. v. van 
Harmamis Rutgers. 

i886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 260 

A° 1714. 



Barnardus Smith, Gerretje. 

Annatje Colevelt. 
Frans Van Dyk, Re- Frans. 

suele Montras. 

Isaac Gouverneur, Sara. 

Sara Staats. 

Philip Sch6yler, Anna Johanna. 

Elizabeth Staats, 


Carste Burger, Sara Sara. 


Bent Wesselse, Maria Annatje. 





y. 10. Frans Reyerse, Jen- Antje. 

neke Dy. 


H u y b e r t Van den Gerret. 

Berg, Maritje Lan- 


Johannes Bant, Wil- Marretje. 

lemyntje Filips. 

Coenraat Ten Y k, Elizabeth, 

Zara Van Vorst. 


Decemb: 3. 

Abraham Van Vlek, Johannes, 

Maria Kip. 
Johannes Hooglant, Frans. 

Catharina Goede- 

Nicolaas Someren- Theiinis, 

dyk, Margrietje 

Schibolet Bogardiis, Ephraim. 

Anna de Charme. 
Casparus Blank, Ag- Isaac. 

nietje Post. 
Barent de Freest, Femnietje. 

Catlyntje Cerley. 

Cornelus Louw, Mar- Wilhelmus, 

grietje Van Bor- 

Petrus Kip, Immetje Jacobiis, 

Van Dyk. 

Johannes Aartse, Evert. 

Maria Marshel. 
Johannes Van Kou- Jacobus. 

wenhove, Rachel 



Justus Bosch, Annatje 

SmithjT. h. vrouw. 
Abraham Van Gelder, 

Catlyntje Post, s: h^ 

Stephanus Van Cortlant, 

Johanna Staats. 
Samuel Staats, Cornelia 


Manes Burger, Sara Wal- 
drom, Se'. 

Johannes &) 
Annatje ) 

Pouwelus Turk, Antje 

Rip Van Dam, Margrie- 
tje Harding. 

Stefan us Van Cortlant, 
Catharina Wendel, 

Jacobus Krankheyt, Eli- 
zabeth Hegeman, s. 
h. V. 

Abraham Kip, Marytje 

Adolph de Groof, Re- 
becka Goederus. 

Theunis Cornelisse, Antje 

Petrus Bogardus, Anna 

Isaac Blank, Lidia Loots, 

s: h'. vrouw. 
Johannes Douvv, (Theop- 

tulis) Pels, Elizabeth 

Gerret Schuyler, Aefje de 

Groof, s h'' vrouw. 

Jacobus Van Dyk, Mary- 
tje Van Dyk, s: h' 

Pieter Brestede, Wyntje 

Frans Van Couwenhove, 
Antje Van Couwen- 

2 70 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 
A* 1714. 




Jan Brestede, Anna Jenneke. 

Maria Elzewarth. 
Nicolaas Mathyse, Abraham. 

Marytje Lakeman. 
Adolph de G r o o f, Sara. 

Rachel Goederus. 
John Cruger, Maria Sara. 



Decemb: 8. Pieter Stoutenburg, Tryntje. 
Johanna Erie. 

Johannes Vreden- Cornelia, 
blirg, Annatje de 
Lamontanje. * 

Burger Sipkens, Ma- Elsje. 
ria Hibon. 

Hendrik Van Dyk, Marytje. 

Jannetje Andries 

Wander Didrix, Aal- Abraham. 

tje Gerrets. 
Daniel Van Winkel, Cornelus. 

Jannetje Vrelant. 
Willem Rome, Sara Marretje. 

Justus Bosch, Anne- Barnardus. 

tje Smith. 
Abraham Van Gel- Elias. 

der, Catlyntje 

Johannes Van Harts- Catharina. 

berge, Catharina 

Joris Elsewart, Jan- Jannetje. 

netje MeseroU. 





Theophiltis Pels, Eli- Catlyntje. 

zabeth Blauwvelt. 
John Cure, Gerretje Sara. 

Jan Kramer, Engeltje Willemyntje, 


Andries Ten Yk, Gerrardus. 

Barendina Harden- 

Jan- Hyer, Jannetje Walter. 



Cornelus Kierstede, Sara 
Elsewart, s: h": vroiiw. 

Hasuel Mathyse, Marre- 
tje Mathyse, s: h: v: 

Johannes Brestede, Sara 

j^om Petrus Van Driesse, 
Elsje Cuyler. 

Hendrikus Van der Spie- 
gel, A n t j e Stouten- 

Cornelus Turk, Elizabeth 

Johannes Van de Water, 
Baafje Sipkens, s: h: 

Willem Sims, Marretje, s: 
h^ vroiiw. 

Hendrik Klaase, Belitje 

Machiel Vrelant, Tryntje 

Van Winkel, 
Pieter Rome, Marretje 

Samliel Staats, Catharina 

Bedlo, s: h^ vro6w. 
Willem Rome, Pieters z. 

Helena Post. 

John Walters, Elizabeth 

Theophiliis Elsewarth, 

Sara Ver Duyn, s: h: 

Evert Pels, Tryntje Aal- 

Jacob (is Kip, S'^, Vrouw- 

tje Quik. 
Johannes Van de Water, 

Baefje Sipkens, s: h: 

Johannes Hardenberg, 

Jaapje, syn moeder. 

Walter Hyer, Se', Sara 
Hyer, h. v. v. Gerret 

1 886.] Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 271 


Janliary 2. Joseph Robinson, Joseph. 
Maria de Kleyn. 



John Herres," Janne- Elizabeth 

tje Nessepat. 
Richard Cox, Antje John. 

Cox. Maria. 

Johannes Janse, An- Johanna, 
na Lierse. 


Michiel Vaughten, Cor- 
n eli a de Kleyn, 

Dirk Bensen, Catharina 
Van Deurse. 

Thomas Hopper, Corne- 
lia Mohone, Jan Van 
Pelt, Maria Russel. 

Benjamin Herring, Mar- 
retje Van der Spiegel, 


January 19. 

Philip Lyon, Eliza- Sara. 

Fredrik \ Van der 
Margrietje \ Schure. 

beth Van der Schu- 

23. Jacobus Bayard, Hil- Samuel, 

legend de Kay. 

Corneliis Van Thien- Lucas, 
hove, Geertruy 
26. , John Anderson, Ju- Jan. 

dith Jans. 
Jan Van Buyren, Ma- Michiel. 

rytje Myer. 
John Main, Elizabeth Jacobus. 
Van Deurse. 
30. Jacob Charmo, Dirkje Pieter. 

Van Tilbiirg. 

Abraham de Lanoy, Maria. 

Jannetje Rome. 
Jesse de Lamontanje, Jan. 

Gerretje Jeeds. 

Febrtiary 6. Nicolaas Rosevelt, Nicolaas. 
Sara Solleman. 

9. Johannes C a r b i 1 e, Susanna. 

Margrietje Pro- 

Jan Van Pelt, Aaltje Mary tje. 

13. Benjamin Quakken- Benjamin. 

bos, Claasje Web- 
20. Jtirian Witvelt, Maria Justus. 

Ten Yk. 
F i n c e n t Bodine, Hester. 

Heyltje Smith. 

Samuel Beyard, Marga- 
reta Van Cortlant, s. 
h: v: 

Barent Hibon, Tryntje 
Van Thienhove. 

J^"^",. I Emmet. 
Engeltje \ 

Johannes Myer, Cornelia 

Timmer. . 
Jan Herres, Margrietje 

Vant' Zant. 
Pieter Van Tilbiirg, Jn', 

Schibolet Bogardus, 

Anna Bogardus. 
Johannes de Lanoy, Ma- 
ria Beekman. 
Jan de Lamontanje & 

Elizabeth Blom, s: h*: 

Nicolaas Rosevelt, ?>"., 

Hillegond Rosevelt, s: 

h^ v^ 
Matheiis Bensen, Anna 


Abraham Leffers, Mary- 

tje Van Pelt. 
Cornelus Webber, Claasje 


Elbert Aartse, Annatje 
Ten Yk, s: h: vr: 

M' Rusje, M" Rusje, s: 
h^ vrouw. 

2^2 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [Oct. 

A* 1715. 



Meert 4. 

Meert 4. 





Stephanus Van Cort- Geertruyd. 
lant, C a th ali n a 

Robberd Sjeklen, Ca- Rachel, 
tharina Mortier. 

Jacob Salomonse, Samdel. 

Elizabeth De. 
Bartholomeus Antje. 

Schaats, Christina 

J o r i s Breuwerton, Sara. 

Maria Ver Dfiyn. 

Enog Vrelant, Ze', EUas. 
Aefje Van Hoorn. 

John Stout, Abigael 

Pieter Post, Catha- 

rina Beekman. 
Willem Beek, Alida 

Edfiard Men, Marytje 

Van Duurse. 
William Gloever, 

Margrietje Blom. 
Wessel Wesselse, 

Ju',, Rachel Van 

Gerret Schuyler, 

Aegje de Groof. 
Johannes Brestede, 

Rebecca Onkel- 

Davidt Provoost, Jo- 

nath: Z., Christina 

William Waldrom, Jo- 
hanna Nagel. 
Isaac Van Deurse, 

Annatje Waldrom. 
Albartus Coenradus 

Bosch, Maria 

Johannes de Freest, 

Catharina Rave- 


Am mare n- 













Philippes Van Cortlant, 

Catharina Staats, h. v'. 

van Samuel Staats. 
Johannes Mortier, Corne- 

liis Van T i e n h o v e, 

Tryntje Van Thien- 

Mathys ten Berg, Siisan- 

na Symese. 
Hendrik Kermer, Catlyn- 

tje Schaats. 

Hendrik Ver Duyn, Dirk 
Bensing, Gerret Van 
Hoorn, Sara Ver 

David Cosaar, Elizabeth 

Pieter Cristiaanse, Mili- 

ora Narvvoed. 
Pieter Van Houte, Claar- 

tje, s: h^ vrouvv. 
Cornelus Beek, Aaltje 

John Men, Annatje Van 

John Lie wis, Hester 

Blom, JennekeTenton. 
G y s b e r t Van Imburg, 

Jannetje Mesier. s: h* 


Oloph Schuyler, Cornelia 

Schuyler, Wed. 
Andries Brestede, Antje 

Brestede, Wed^ 

Pieter Pra, Catharina 
Provoost, Wed*. 

Jacob Dykman, Wyntje 

By van k. 
Abraham Van Deurse, 

Annatje Van Deurse. 
Christoffel Jeadts, Hiiy- 

bertje Merceles. 

Hendrikus Van der Spie- 
gel, Marretje Van der 
Spiegel, VVed. 

i886.J Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. 273 

A° 1715. 
April 3. 


April 17. 


May I. 




Abraham Vreden- Elizabeth. 

burg, Dorathe Col- 

Anthony Liewis, Jan- Johanna. 

netje Marens. 
Fredrik Willemse, Elizabeth. 

Maria Waldroni. 

C o s y n Andriesse, Margrietje. 

Margrietje Some- 

Evert Pels, Grietje Annetje. 

Melcherts Van 

Benjamin Bil, Geesje Penellope. 


Philip Daly, Cornelia Marytje. 

Van Gelder. 
Hendrikus Kermer, Abraham, 

Jaquemyntje Rave- 

M a r t i n u s Crigier, Henrikus. 

Margrietje Dalsen. 
Hendrik Brevoord, Elias. 

Jaquemyntje Boke. 
Jacob Blom, Mayke Elizabeth. 

Alexander Lam, Eli- Rachel. 

zabeth Coning. 
Albartus Hulst, Aal- Cornelia. 

tje Provoost. 

Nathaniel Daly, Elizabeth. 

Saartje H<iysman. 
Davidt Cosaar, Styn- Jannnetje. 

tje Joris. 
Willem Van de Wa- Hendrikus. 

ter, Aefje Ringo. 
Fran c i s Silvester, Susanna. 

Ytje Bosch. 

Thomas Liewis, An- Elizabeth. 

na Maria Van den 

Corneliis Post, Ca- Davidt. 

tharina Potman. 
Richard Crieger, Ma- Josua. 

ria Crieger. 
Samuel S h a h a a n, Jannetje. 

Neeltje Cosyn. 




Goose Van Schaik, Jo- 
hanna Van Stry. 

Philippus Van Bossen, 
Catharina Boele, h^ v'. 
van Isaac Boeke. 

Jacob Somerendyk, Cat- 
lyntje Pieters. 

Johannes Romme, Pieter- 
nella Elzewarth. 

John Stout., Marretje 
Van der Spiegel, Wed. 

Abraham Van Gelder, 

Elizabeth Daly. 

Jeames ) t, •• j .. 
Belitje [Rey^^det. 

David Provoost, Jn', Eli- 
zabeth Crigiers. 

Jacob<is Boke, Tanneke 
Boke, s: suster. 

Fredrik Willemse, Anna- 
tje Hjver. 

John Johnson, Elizabeth 

Stefan us Boekenhove, 
Annatje Hulst, s. h^ 

Antje Van Noorstrant. 

Jan Goelet, Lea Cosaar. 

Theunis Tiebout, Eliza- 
beth Van dc Water. 

Johannes Hardenbroek, 
Annetje Hardenb'', s: 

Leonard Lieuwis, Rey- 
merig AppeL 

Davidt Provoost, Catlyn- 

tje Van Gelder. 
Anna France 

Jan Schoute, Gerretje de 

274 Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in New York. [Oct., 


Yede Meyer, Anna Andries. 
Juny 3. Jan Killy, Catlyntje Margrietje. 

Abraham Russel, Ma- Annatje. 
ria Russel. 
6. Hendrik Franse, An- Hendrikiis. 

na Maria Sipkens. 


Juny 12. D""" Gualtherus du Isaac. 

Bois & Helena Van 


15. Christiaan Hartman, Elizabeth. 

Sara Fransen. 

19. Gerret de Graw, Do- Marytje. 

rathe Hyer. 
Andries Meyer, Geer- Cornelus. 

tje Wessels. 
Samuel Provoost, Davidt. 

Maria Spratt. 
26. Samuel De, Celitje Susanna. 

Johannes Meyer, Sara Sara. 

de Freest. 
July 10. Gilbert Lottery, Mar- Gilbert. 

grietje Van der 

Davidt Conningham, Anna Maria, 

Eli z abeth Else- 

13. Aarnout Schermer- Johannes. 

hoorn, Maria Beek- 


20. Antje W y b r an t s, Antje. 

Johannes Pouwelse, Magdalena. 
Antje Huysman. 

Abraham Van Hoorn, Davidt. 
Maria Provoost. 
24. Samuel Bayard, Mar- Samuel, 

greta van Cortland. 
Wol|)hert W e bber, Isaac. 

Grietje Stille. 
Eduard Blagg, Johan- Johannah, 
na Vickers. 16'^' gebor. 

July 31. Theunis Van Pelt, Samuel. 

Pllsje Hendriks. 
Lodewyk Post, Rasje Antje. 


Andries Meyer, Anna 

Hans Bergen, Eva Ben- 

George Farrenton, Aaltje 

Sjoert Olphertse, Maria 

Isaac de Bois, Isaac de 

Peister, Clevier Teller 

& Cornelia Teller, zyn 

htiys v^ 
John Johnson, Elizabeth 

Lam, s: h: vrouw. 
Harme Bensing, Aaltje 

Wessel Wessels, Marretje 

Davidt Provoost, Se"^, 

Elsje Van Hoorn. 
Jacob Salomonse, Eliza- 
beth De. 
Andries Meyer, J"'., Sara 

Van Dam. 
John Hicford & Jacobus 

R o s e V e 1 1, Geselina 

Corneltis Kierstede, Sara 

Elsewarth, s. h. v. 

Wilhelmus B e e k m a n, 
Metje Beekm., s: h^ v'. 

Jan Visje, Tryntje V^y- 

Barent de Freest, Maria 

Ten Yk, h. v. van Ju- 

rian Witvelt. 
Willem Provoost, Aefje 

Exveen, s: h^: v^ 
Stephanas Van Cortlant, 

Elizabeth Cortlant. 
Hendrik EUesse, Jenneke 

Theophilus Elsewarth, 

Sara Verduyn, s: h': v'. 
Hendrik Van Pelt, Maria 

Casparus Blank, Catlyn- 
tje Van Gelder. 

1 886.] Records of the Reforyned Dutch Church in New York. 2^^ 

A' 1715. 
August 3. 

Augustus. 3 





Septemb. i. 


Alexander Fenix, Gerrardiis. 

Grietje Comferdt. 
Robbin Cooker, An- R o b e r d, 

na Churcher, J u n y 4 


John Thomas, Mar- Rachel 
retje Langet. Elizabeth 

Jan Hibon, Catharina Cornelus. 

Pieter Bant, Martha Abraham. 

Jan Lame&,tre, Antje Antje. 

Johannes Van Gel- Aefje. 

der, J'', N e el tj e 

Jacob Ten Yk, Neel- Johannes. 

tje Herdenberg. 

Patrik Magnight, An- Cornelia, 
na Clopper. 

Clevier Teller, Cor- Johannes. 

nelia de Peister. 
Jacobus Rosevelt, Johannes. 

Catharina Harden- 

William Shekkerly, Hendrikus. 

Debora Van Dyk 
Abraham Provost, Jacob. 

Jannetje Me\>er. 
M i c h iel Vaughton, Elizabeth. 

Catharina Donnel- 

Johannes Van Nor- Tobias. 

den, Hendrika Ten 

H a r m e n Bussing, Eva. 

Saartje Slover. 
Lammert Van Dyk, Achias. 

Marretje Hoog- 

Anthony Byvank, Belitje. 

Teuntje Laning. 

Philippus T e r n e u r, Elsje. 
Barber Provoost. 


Gerrardtid Comferd, Ma- 
ria Walton. 

Charles Churcher, Abrah. 
Bradj or, Susanna 

g J o c h e m Roelofse, en 

I Jannetje, s: h: vrouw, 

I Alexander Ver Klin, 

Antje Cros. 

Cornelus Sebering, Ael- 

tje, syn buys vrouw. 
Johannes Bant, Nannie 

Abraham de I>aneatre, 

Margrietje Waldrom. 
Johannes Van G elder, S', 
Rebecca Bresiede. 

Coenraat Ten Yk, Ca- 

tharina Harden- 

Cornells Klopper, S", 

Cornelia Hoge, in 

Hollant, Catlyntje 

Jacobus Van Cortlant, 

Maria de Peister. 
Adolphus Hardenbroek, 

Sara Hardenbroek, 

Martiniis Crigier, Marica 

Johannes Meyer, Mary tje 

Leonard de Kleyn, Maria 


William Walton, Maria 
Santfort, s: h^ v^ 

Jacob Bennet & Neeltje, 

s: hiiys vrouw. 
Jacob Van Dyk, Antje 


Coll. David Provoost, 
Belitje Provoost, syn 

Elias Provoost, Angenie- 
tje Provoost. 

276 Fac-shnile in Handwriting of Col. Beverley Robinson. [Oct., 


Facsimile of a document in the handwriting of Colonel Beverley Robinson, and signed 
by himself and the Justices of the Peace and Overseers of the Poor, of the South Pre- 
cinct of Dutchess County (now Putnam County), N. Y. Dated 1772. 

Malcolm Morrison, here named, married a daughter of Rev. Elisha Kent, grandfather 
of Chancellor Kent. These signers were all prominent men of that day, albeit some of 
them were then " Tories." 

(^This facsimile will appear in the forthcoming History of Putna7H County, 
by W. S. Pelletreau, Esq.) 

i886.] Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches. 277 


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Donald, Son of Donald Cameron and Ann 
Walker, his wife, born March 8'^ 1785. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of John Montanyie & Mary 
Blain his wife, born Oct' 13*, 1779. 

William Steddiford, Son of Jeoffry Leonard & 
Mary Steddiford his wife, born April 29"*, 

Affy, their Dau', born April 29'^ 1785. 
Susannah, Dau' of Smith Richards & Rachel 

Low his wife, born Dec"" 8'*", 1779. 
Lewis, their Son, born Feb'-" 22^^, 1782. 
Maria, their Dau', born April I5'^ 1784. 
Denias, Dau' of James Gilliland & Judith Rose 

his wife, born July 28*, 1776. 
Jane, their Dau', born June 16*, 1778. 
William, their Son, born Sept' 1 7"*, 1 780. 
Harriot, their Dau', born Sept' I8'^ 1782. 
Rebekah, their Dau', born Dec' I2'^ 1784. 
Mary, Dau' of John Arden & Judith Horton 

his wife, born April 3^^, 1785. 

Frederick Jay, Son of A. Hawkes Hay & 

Martha Smith his wife, born March 5"", 1 785. 
Margaret, Dau' of Robert Newton & Marg' 

Gordon his wife, born April 23"^, 1785. 
Margaret, Dau' of James Johnston and Eliz"' 

Brower his wife, born April 14"", 1785. 
Sarah, Dau' of Joseph Titus & Keziah Smith 

his wife, born May 29'^ 1782. 
Harry, their Son, born Feb'^ 7"', 1 784. 
Peter, Son of Abraham Ely & Catherine Van 

Gezen his wife, born May 26'^ 1785. 
Benjamin, Son of James McCready and Eliz*** 

Youngs his wife, born Dec' 25"^, 1784. 
Andrew, son of Andrew Mitchell and Marg' 

Stiles his wife, born May I6'^ 1785. 
Joseph, Son of Dennis Hicks & Ann Banker 

his wife, born June 17"', 1785. 
Margaret, Dau' of Richard Allison & Alniy 

Case his wife, born May 24"', 1785, 
Mary, Dau' of Adam Gilchrist ju' & Hester 

Budd his wife, born May 19"', 1785. 
Fanny, Dau' of William Kumbell and Hester 

Caton his wife, born June ii"", 1785. 

278 Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches. [Oct. 













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Robert Lamuel, Son of Robert Bruce & Mary 
Langley his wife, born July 2*^, 1785. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of Turpnie Holroyd & Susan- 
nah Germond his wife, born June 23*^, 1785. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of David Elliot & Ann Mc- 
Donald his wife, born June 15'^ 1785. 

Ann Elizabeth, Dau' of Hugh Ross and Jane 
Osburn his wife, born June 24"", 1785. 
, Mary, Dau^ of James Montgomery & Jemima 
Carmer his wife, born June 17* 1782. 

Anna, Dau' of Samuel Cole & Mary Beek- 
man his wife, born June 7'^ 1781. 

Henry Beekman, their Son, born Feb"^ 22*^, 

Abigail, Dau"" of John Perrin & Catharine 
Varrian his wife, born June i9'\ 1785. 

John, Son of Enos Tomkins and Eliz"' Crane 
his wife, born June 30*'', 1785. 

Jane Ann, Dau' of Thomas French Kipp & 
Agness Pool his wife, born July 6th, 1785. 

Elizabeth, Dau' of John Mode & Mary Hutchi- 
son his wife, born March 29"", 1785. 

Nancy, Dau"" of Jesse Wicks and Susannah 
Kelsy his wife, born Sept' 30''', 1781. 

Theodosia, their Dau"", born May 2^, 1784. 

Elizabeth Ann, Dau' of George Knox & Cath- 
arine Paulding his wife, born March 26*, 

Catharine, Dau" of Silas Barber and Catharine 

Cline his wife, born March 20"", 1784. 
Susannah Stout, Dau' of Benjamin Cowdry & 

Ann his wife, born July 11* 1785. 
Janet, Dau' of Neil McLean & Helen Dunlap 

his wife, born Aug' 4*, 1785. 
Mary, Dau' of Edward Patten & Mary Mis- 
sever his wife, born July 16"', 1785. 
Hashball, Dau' of Enoch Leonard & Hashball 

Mathewson his wife, born June 6*, 1785. 
Susannah, Dau' of James Jenkins & Hannah 

Van Gelder his wife, born Aug* i", 1785. 
Elizabeth, Dau' of Oliver Blizard & Mary 

Evans his wife, born June 2^*, 1785. 
James, Son of Laurence Proudfoote & Marg' 

his wife, born June 22^^, 1785. 
William, Son of Benjamin Egbert & Mary 

Arcsson his wife, born. 

John, Son of Thomas Tant & Mary Jenkins his 

wife, born June 23**, 1785. 
James, Son of James Lake & Rachel Mul- 

leneaux his wife, born July 29*, 1785. 

i886.] Notes and Queries. - 279 


CULLODEN. — The Battle of Culloden took place April 16, 1746. 
On what date was the news received in this couutry, at what port, and by what 
vessel ? 

Thanksgiving sermons were preached here in August. s . 

Weeks. — Information wanted of ancestry of one Saul Weeks, a truckman in New 
York City forty years ago. • william medcalf. 

P. O. Box 3192, New York City. 

Thompson — Cannone. — Any information of Mary Thompson, who was born May, 
1730, married Major Duncan Duffie, or her mother, Hannah Cannone, of New York. 

SOUTHOLD, L. I. — Any information of Eben Webb and May Turrell, his wife ; and 
Richard Hudson and Keturah Goldsmith, married about 1740. 

Connecticut Light Horse. — Thirteen companies which joined Washington's 
army at New York, July, 1776; who were any of the company officers? r. h. g. 

Riley — Egg Harbor. — Page 234 of the last number of The Record, in a para- 
graph headed " Vannuxum," refers to an emigration of Connecticut people to Egg Har- 
bor., N. J., before the Revolution. Could the writer or any one locate this " Egg Har- 
bor " for me, or suggest any means of getting at the names of the early settlers mentioned 
in the paragraph referred to. The only reply I have elicited has been from the Town 
Clerk of Egg Harbor City, who thinks the old records may be in Mount Holly or New- 
ark. I am looking up one John Riley, who, before the Revolution, -went to Egg Harbor 
from a Connecticut River town. Yours truly, henry g. jesup. 

Chandler Scientific Departniettt., Dartmouth College^ Hanover, N. H. 

Some Curious Epitaphs. — The inclosed epitaphs I copied some time ago for their 
quaintness. I have never seen them in print, and they might amuse, perhaps instruct, 
the readers of The Record. 

The inscription on Colonel Johannes Snyder's tombstone brings up far-away memories 
of " the fine old English gentleman who relieved the old poor at his gate." 

If I am not mistaken, this Colonel Snyder commanded, with Colonel Pawling, the 
handful of militia who luanted to resist the landing of the English troops at Kingston, in 
1777 ; was at Fort Montgomery, and also member of the Provincial Congress in 1776. 

Is there not a good deal to admire in the "spunk" of the young Ancient Weiser 
who would not allow carping neighbors to trample upon his grave without returning a 
" last expiring kick?" JAMES R. GIBSON, jr. 

Inscription on tombstone of Colonel Johannes Snyder, in the old Dutch Church 
graveyard, in Kingston ; died 1794, aged seventy-four years. 

In every walk of life the poor man's friend. 
His country Patriot, sought no private ends : 
Intent on virtue, as the chieftest good, 
He practised piety as the road to God. 

The following were found in St. Paul's Churchyard, New York City : 

Capt. J.\MES Lacey, died April 14, 1796, aged 41 yrs. i mo. 20 days. 

Tho' Boreas Blasts & boistrous waves 

have tossed me to and fro 
In spight of both you plainly see 

I harbor here below. 
Where safe at Anchor though I ride 

with many of our Fleet, 
Yet once again I must set sail 

My Admiral Christ to meet. 


28o JVotes on Books. [Oct., 

Jacob Weiser died 1785, aged 40. 

Farewell, vain world, I know enough of thee ; 

And now I'm careless what you say of me. 
Your smiles I court not, nor your frown I fear, 

My cares are past, my head lies quiet here. 
What faults you saw in me take care & shun, 

And look at home. Enough there's to be done. 

Elizabeth, wife of Nicholas Kortright, died 1789, aged 46. 

" The Remains that lie beneath this Tomb 

Once had Rachel's face and Leah's fruitful Womb, 
Abigail's prudence, Sarah's faithful heart, 
Martha's care and Mary's better part 
Her Just character." 

Lawrence. — Wanted, a copy of the Genealogy of Descendants of Thomas Lawrence, 
printed about 1856. Persons having a copy will please communicate with William S, 
Pelletreau, Haverstraw, N. Y. 

Notes on the Lounsbury Family, by William S. Pelletreau — Among the list 
of the few inhabitants of Dutchess County, N. Y., in 1723, appears the name of Richard 
Lounsbury. It is probable that he was the father of Isaac Lounsbury, who was living in 
the " South Precinct of Dutchess County " (now Putnam County) in 1760. On a blank 
leaf of an old copy of the writmgs of George Fox is this record of the births of the cliil- 
dren of Isaac Lounsbury : Sarah, born March 2, 1762 ; Robert, born August 27, 1766; 
Isaac, born April 23, 1768; John, born January iS, 1770; Samuel, born Februaiy 10, 
1772 ; Thomas, born March 5, 1774; Hannah, born January 23, 1776 ; Deborah, born 
April, iS, 1780 (married Abm. Hill) ; Joshua, born July 23, 1784 (died 1S33). 

It is probable that the families of this name now residing in this State are descended 
from these. Joshua, the youngest son, married Lydia, daughter of Eliakim Wardell. 
Their children were: Isaac, born December 15, 1815 (he was the owner of the famous 
" Red Mills," near Lake Mahopac and Superior, of Carmel. He died March 16, 1881); 
Rolaert W. , born November 29, 1817, and now residing in Carmel, Putnam County, 
N. Y. ; Katharine, wife of Amzi L. Dean; John D.; Mary J., and Hannah. 

Young — Rogers. — Will the Rogers' family now having in their possession the large 
brass-bound Bible containing early records of Young and Rogers' families communicate 
that fact to H. Young, Galveston, Texas ? 


The Bartow^ Family in England. ^By the Rev. Evelyn P. Bartow, A.M. 1886. 
8vo. 10 pp. ' 

This is an important addition to the Bartow Genealogy already published, carrying 
the family record several generations further back, and we doubt not that owners of that 
book will desire to procure it for insertion in their copies. It can be had of Rev. Mr. 
Bartow, Rahway, N. J. Price, fifty cents. h. r. s. 

Rachel DuMont. A Brave Little Maid of the Revolution. A true story of the burn- 
ing of Kingston, for girls and boys, and older people. By Mary Westbrook [Van 
Deusen]. Kingston, N. Y., 1884. i2mo. 68 pp. 

This little story is truly as interesting to the " older people " as to the younger, since 
the family incidents recorded in it are actual facts, historically connected with tlie burning 
of Kingston. The people mentioned in the story are names well known to up-river fam- 
ilies, and it was written as an affectionate tribute to the authoress' grandfather, Captain 
Tierck Beekman, a gallant and lamented soldier of the Revolution. He was an original 
member of the " Society of the Cincinnati" (his right in that body being now held by his 


Notes on Books. 28 1 

grandson, John Westbrook, Esq., of Peekskill, N. Y.); was a Free Mason — a man of 
pronounced character, and his early death, in 1791, was felt to be a loss to the whole com- 
munity. A friend hands us the following genealogical note concerning him : 

Johannes, m. 20 Oct., 1750, Lydia Van Keuren, whose father was Capt. 
Tjerck Van Keuren, from whom Tjerck Beekman derived his name, and had, among 
others : I. Capt. TjEiKCK, who m. Rachel DuMont; II. Cornelius, who m. Margretta 
Burhans, dau. of Jacob Burhans & Eliz. Whittaker ; III. JOHN, who m. Annatjie Pruyn, 
dau. of John Pruyn & Catharine Vanderpoel. 

Capt. Tjerck Beekman, b. 30 Dec, 1754, d. 25 Dec, 1791, m. Rachel DuMont; 
She was the dau. of John DuMont & Gertrude Ten Broeck, & granddau. of Col. Wessel 
Ten Broeck. Their children were : I. John, who died unmarried; II. Gertrug, who 
m. Judge Charles H. Ruggles, of the Court of Appeals ; III. Sarah, who m. Rev. Dr. 
Cornelius D. Westbrook, father of Judge Theo. R. Westbrook, and of " Mary West- 
brook " (Mrs. J. L. Van Deusen), the authoress of this pleasant little book. 

In Sylvester's History of Ulster County, Rachel DuMont is mentioned as the "widow 
of Capt. Tjerck Beekman, and as a woman remarkable for her intelligence and energy; " 
she died at the age of 93. 

Tjerck Beekman's great-great-grandmother, through Lydia Van Keuren, was the first 
wife of Captain Thomas Chambers, " Lord of the Manor of Foxhall," and one of theyfrj/ 
settlers of Esopus with the Van Keurens. Capt. Chambers married, for his second 
wife, the widow of Rev. Laurentius Van Gaasbeck, second pastor of the old Dutch 
church of Esopus (Kingston). 

From the Appendix to this story we take the following facts : The grandfather of 
Rachel DuMont, Colonel Wessel Ten Broeck, erected the quaint building known as the old 
Senate House in Kingston, N. Y., more than two hundred years ago. One hundred years 
afterward, the first Senate of the State of New York held its sessions there, the year of 
the adoption of the First Constitution, 1777. Colonel Abraham Van Gaasbeck, a son of 
the second pastor of Esopus, married a daughter of Colonel Wessel Ten Broeck (by his first 
marriage) and inherited, through his wife Sarah Ten Broeck (the aunt of Rachel DuMont 
of the story), the Senate House. The old building was bequeathed by him to his wife's 
niece, Sarah DuMont (a sister of Rachel DuMont), who afterward married his son Peter 
(her cousin), a member of the First Congress of the United States. By the only child of 
this marriage — Sarah Van Gaasbeck — this antique building, of Revolutionary fame, was 
given to the grandchild of " Little Rachel," Charles Ruggles Westbrook, of Ogdensburg, 
N. Y., who conveyed it to its present owner, Frederic Edward Westbrook, Esq., of 
New York City. 

We may further add that the slave-woman "Isabel," who figures in this little narra- 
tive, afterward became, in the full maturity of her womanhood, the world-famed evangel- 
ist Sojourner Truth ; and was for many years a beloved inmate of the family of "Little 
Rachel's" brother, John DuMont, Esq., of Esopus. H. r. s. 

Genealogical History and Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of 
John Lee, of Agawam (Ipswich), Mass. From 1634 to 1877. Including Notes 
on Collateral Branches. 

This book is announced as teady for publication by William Lee, M.D., of 2,111 
Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D. C, and only awaits a sufiicient number of sub- 
scriptions to defray cost of publication. The descendants of John Lee, of Hartford, 
afterward of Farmington, Conn., published their records in 1884. Thomas Lee, of 
Lyme and Saybrooke, Conn., 1641, is remembered by a small pamphlet of some 31 pages 
of genealogical matter published in 1851. Richard Lee settled upon the James River, 
in Virginia, in 1641, and his descendants, the Lees of Virginia and Maryland, have also 
been recorded in printed form. And it is to be hoped that sufficient encouragement will 
be afforded Dr. Lee to enable him to bring out this genealogy of the descendants of 
John Lee, of Agawam. The specimen page, given in the circular, promises a tasteful 
and elegant book. h. r. s. 

Appletons' Cyclop/Edia of American Biography. 1445 to 18S6. Edited by 

James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 


This work is intended to supply a want that has long been felt by the people of the 

United States. Every scholar and reader has recognized the benefit of the great French 

Dictionaries of Universal Biography, and the utility of the more recent National Biog- 


282 Books Donated to the Society. [[Oct., 1886. 

raphy of Great Britain, now in course of publication. " Appletons' Cyclopaedia of 
American Biography" will include the names of above twelve thousand prominent na- 
tives and adopted citizens of the United States, including living persons, since the earliest 
settlement of the country ; also the names of several thousand eminent persons of Can- 
ada, Mexico, Brazil, Chili, and all the other countries of North and South America. 
The great aim has been to include all noteworthy persons of the New World, and to give 
brief biographies, which shall embody with sufficient fulness the latest result of historical 
research. No name eminent in literature or art will be omitted. The work will also 
contain the names of nearly one thousand persons of foreign birth, who, like Bishop 
Berkeley, Braddock, Burgoyne, Barre, Cornwallis, Lafayette, Steuben, and Whitefield, 
are closely identified with American history. The editors have endeavored, in all in- 
stances, to obtain the co-operation of the most competent students of special periods or 
departments of history, and they have had the assistance of scholarly and experienced 
associates, together with a well-equipped staff of writers. Much valuable material has 
been obtained from original sources; and in the case of recent lives and those "men of 
light and leading" who are still with us, important aid has been afforded by friends and 
relatives. The first volume of " Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography" will 
be ready in October, 1886. The succeeding volumes will follow at intervals of six 
months — possibly more rapidly if found consistent with editorial and mechanical accu- 
racy. The six volumes, of between seven hundred and fifty and eight hundred pages 
each, will be uniform with " Appletons' American Cyclopaedia." Each volume will be 
illustrated with at least ten fine steel portraits of illustrious Americans and illustrious 
foreigners connected with American history, supplemented by more than a thousand 
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Reich, accompanied by fac-simile autographs, and also numerous views of the birthplaces 
and residences of distinguished Americans. The specimen pages which we have seen give 
great promise of excellence. s. 


From Gen. James Grant Wilson. Letters from Waldegrave Cottage. By Rev 
George W. Nichols, A.M. i2mo. New York, i886. Annual Report of the 
Superintendent of Public Instruction of the City of Brooklyn for 1885. 8vo. 
Trow's New York City Directory for 1885. 8vo. Injurious and other Insects 
of the State of New York. By J. A. Lintner, State Entomologist. Albany, 
1885. Footprints, or Incidents in Early History of New Brunswick. By J. W. 
Lawrence. i2mo. St. John, N. B., 1883. 

" John Claflin. Horace B. Claflin ; A Biography. 4to. Privately Printed. 
New York, 1886. 

" Rev. Evelyn B. Bartow. The Bartow Family in England. 1886. 

•' Charles Estabrook. First Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of New- 
burgh and the Highlands, Feb. 23, 1884. 



Note. — Through an error of the printer the paging of No. 3 (July No.) began with 197 instead of 117. 

Aalsteyn, 45, 104, 228, 

Aartse, or Aarts, 41, 104, 

108, 227, 231, 268, 

269, 271 
Abbot, 215 
Abeel, 267 
Abrams, or Abramse, 227, 

Ackerman, 108 
Adams, 39 
Agard, 240 
, Aldrom, 42 
Aldworth-EIbridge, 55 
V Allen, 33, 36, 57, 232 
Allison, 277 
AUyn, 33 
Alsop, 220 
Alten, 225 
Alyea, 213 
Ament, loi, 103 
Amory, i, 23, 60, 242 
Anderson, 102, 271 
Andre, 98 

Andries, 43, 45, 225, 270 
Andriesse, or sen, 40, 46, 

46, 252, 254, 273 
Andros, 252 
Angus, 53 

Anthonidus, 104, 230 
Antony,-i07, ^65 
Appel, 40, 41, 42, 103, 

106, J73 
Appleton, 60 
Aramina, 53 
Arbuthnot, 13 
Arden, 233 
Areson, 51 
Aretse, 229 
Arianse, 46, 230 
Arnet, 54 
Arnold, 98, 109, 115, 216, 

217, 218, 246, 247 
Ash, 52 
Ashfield, S3 , 
Aston, 17 
Astor, 57, 109, III 
Atwood, 214 
Avery, 34 
Aymar, 59, 60 

Backenhove, 46 

Backet, 226 

Baesby, 230 

Bailey, or Baly, 59, 97, 

loi, 229 
Baion, 32 
Balads, 229 
Balch, 236, 238 
Baldwin, 276 
Banamacha, 228 
Bancroft, 109, no 
Bancker, or Banker, 41, 

45, 90, 231, 277 
Banister, 112 
Bant, loi, 103, 257, 269 
Barbour, 213, 278 
Barclay, 85 
Barentse, 104 
Barlow, 239 
Barnard, 10 
Barnes, 11, 237 
Barrett, 249 
Barsjow, 229 
Bartlett, 213, 217 
Bartholomew, 208 

Barton, 238 

Bartow, 238, 278, 280, 282 

Barwel!, 11 

Bass, 39 

Bassett, 4, 47 

Bayard, 39, 46, 57, 59, 88, 
102, 106, III, ii6, 227, 
2JI, 257, 271, 274 

Bean. 232 

Beardsey, 276 

Beasley, 260 

Beating, 107 

Beatty, 210 

Beaumont, 4 

Beck, or Beek, 105, 272 

Beekman, 40, 42, 43, 46, 
59, 88, 90, 104, 111, 

225, 226, 229, 253, 

268, 271, 272, 274, 
277, 278, 280, 281 

Beermans, 229 

Bedle, 221 

Bedlo (Bedlow), go, 92, 

105, 224, 270 
Belcher, 249 
Bell, 209, 236 
Bennet, 5, 46, 51, 54, 104, 

231. 275 
Benson, or Bense.Bensen, 
Bensing, 43, 46, 47, 

52, 83, 85, 88, loi, 
102, 103, 105, 107, 

226, 229, 230, 244, 

269, 271, 272, 274 
Bergen, 103, 274 
Berry, or Berrie, Berrye, 

4, 35, loi, 230, 232, 

Berrien, 53 
Bevier, 262, 263, 264, 266, 

Bicks, 230 
Bickers, 43, loi 
Bill, or Bil, 43, 47, 272, 

Bingham, 53 
Bishop, 236 
Bisset, 46 
Blackledge, 227 
Blackwell, or Blakwell, 

53, loi, 229 
Blagg, 42, 105, 274 
Blague, 34 
Blain, 53, 277 
Blair, 52 

Blake, 232 

Blank, 41 

Blanshan, 266 

Blank, 47, loi, 107, 108, 

233. 269, 274 
Blauvelt, 55, 108, 270 
Bleecker, 83, 98, 210 
B lizard, 278 
Blom, 42, 47, 102, 103, 

108, 225, :i27, 171, 

272, 273 
Boardman, 112 
Bodine, 271 
Bodman, in 
Bockenhove, 42, 107, 273 
Boeket, 226 
Boele, 227, 268, 273 
Bogardus, 45, 102, 103, 

225, 253, 254, 255, 

258, 269, 271 
Bogert, 42 43, 46, 55, 

104, 106, 210, 227, 

Boke, or Boeke, 43, 47, 

102, 108, 229, 273 
Bolt, 225 
Bon, 40 
Bongran, or Bongram, 

40, 43, 107 
Boog, 105 
Bording, 47 
Borresh, 43 
Borsum, 268 
Bortz, 107 
Bos, 103 

Boscawen, 2, 3, 4, 7 
Bosch, 44, 46, 47, 100, 

104, 105, 106, 108, 
224, 230, 269, 270, 
272, 273 

Bossie, 103, 227 
Boulje, 104 
Boumans, 268 
Bourdieu, no 
Bbuting, 227 
Bowen, 52 
Bowers, 32 
Bradhurst, 51 
Bradjor, 41, 43, 44, 221, 

226, 228, 229, 231, 

Brainer, 265 
Brant, 233 
Bras, 229, 230 
Bra shier, 51 
Brat, 41, 42, 44, 225, 229, 

231, 268 
Bres, 227, 229 
Breese, 55 
Brestede, 41, 44, 45, 46, 

105, 224, 228, 269, 
270, 272, 27s 

Bret, 44 

Breuwerton, 272 

Brevoort, 43. 46, 47, 108, 
224, 225, 273 

Brewer, 112 

Brewenton, 107 

Brewster, 241 

Bries, 105, 227, 229 

firockett, 115, 240 

Brodhead, 256 

Brokhorst, 40 

Bronsall, 234 

Brown, or Browne, 
Brouwn, 19, 52, 58, 
102, 217, 235 

Brough, 232 

Brouwer, or Brower, 35, 
40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 
102, io8, 225, 226, 
230, 231, 273, 277 

Bruce, 278 

Brugh, 46 

Bruyls, 231 

Bruyn, 262, 264, 265, 267 

Bryan, no 

Bryant, 56 

Buck. 238 

Budd, 277 

Buell, 34 

Bugby, 52 

Bulkeley, 57 

Bunce, 51 

Bui;ker, 8, 10 

Bunsen, loi 

Bunsing, 224 

Burch, 103, 214 

Burdit, 233 

Buren, 109 

Kurge, 240 

Burgers, or Burger, 42, 

44, 102, 103, 106, 224, 

226, 227, 229. 269, 270 
Burhans, 257, 281 
Burke, 108 
Burnett, 236 
Burns, 53, 242 
Burroughs, 33 
Burt, III 
Bushfield, 54 
Bushnell, 238 
Bussing, 103, 229, 275 
Butler, 28, III, 236 
Buttre, 217 
Buyck, in 
Buys, 40, 42, 103, 226, 

229, 230 
Byvank, 45, 102, 108,224, 

226, 228, 230, 268, 

272, 27s 

Caar, 44, 231 

Cabot, 233 

Callebost, 226 

Cameron, 53, 277 

Camfert (see Comfort) 

Cammel, 103 

Cane, 45 

Canon, or Cannon, loi, 

108, 231, 268, 279 
Carbile, 271 
Care, 101, 224 
Carhart, 109 
Carmer, 278 
Carminow, 2, 4 
Carpenter, 112, 220, 235 
Carr, 39 
Carrol, 53 
Carstows, 225 
Carteret, 223 
Cary, 3, 4 
Case, 212, 277 
Castang, 46, 229 
Cation, or Caton, 233, 277 
Cebering, 41 
Cebra, 274 
Cerley, 106. 269 
Chaigneau, 108 
Chambers, 238, 243, 254, 

Champion, 112 
Chandler, 33 
-Chapin, 32, 112 
Chapman, 32, 209 
Charmo, 271 
Charuaud, 223 
Chase, 115 
Chatfield, 236 
Chauncey, 81 
Cheesman, 232 
Chempcrnoun, 4 
Chetwood, 58 
Chevalier, 55 
Childs, 32, III 
Chissel, 229 
Choules, 66 
Christiaanse, 272 
Christoffel, 44 
Chudleigh, 3 
Church, 245, 249 
Churchel, 228 



Index to Names in Volume XVII. 

Churcher, 275 

Cist, 60 

CI a as, or Claases (see 

Claflin, 2S0. 282 
Clark, 10, 25, 51, 52, 60, 
loi, 114, 210, 233, 
234, 266 
Clarkson. 59, 11 1 
Classen, or Claase, Claas, 
40, 46, 107, 230, 254 
^ Clement, 6, 103, 107 
Cleveland, 236 
Clifford, 4 
Cline, 278 

Clinton, 58, 91, 205, 256 
Cloppers, or Clopper, 44, 
47, 102, 108, 226, 230, 
Clouws, 42 
Clute, 60, 114 
Cochran. 52, 53 
Cock, 218 
Codwise, 52 
Coely, 227 
Coenradus, 105 
Coenratz, 103 
. Coerte, 104, 225 
Coffin, I, 18, ig, 21, 98, 

Coit, 33 
Cokever, 45, 46, loi, 224, 

Cole, 3 

Coleman, 7, 8 
Coljer, 273 
Colevelt, 42, 224, 269 
Collins, 32 
Columbus, III 
Combe, 246 
Comfert, or Coniferdt, 

107, 268, 27s 
Conant, 112 
Concelje, or Conselje, 42, 

loi, 106, 268 
Congo, 104 
Coning, 102, 104, 107, 225, 

227, 231, 273 
Conyn, 40 
Cool, 214 
Cooly, 53 
Cook, 236 
Cooker, 275 
Cooper, 210, 211, 236 
Cornelus.or Cornells, Cor- 
neliszen, 43, 44, 102, 
107, 226, 229, 254, 
258, 262, 269 
Cornink, 45 
Cornith, 236 
Corson, 112, 230 
Cosaac, 43 
Cosaar, 104, 105, 225, 230, 

272, 273 
Cosby, 84, 90 
Cosyn, 44, 107, 270, 273 
Cottin, 230 
Countes, 225 
Courtenay, 2 
Couwenhoven, 46, 224, 

Cowdry, 278 
Cox, 271 
Craigie, 18 
Crandall, 99 
Crane, 53, 54, 277 
Cramer, or Creemer, 104, 

Crawford, 70, 232 
Crigier (see Cruger) 
Crispel, 267 
Croesvelt, 225 
Crofoot, 97 
Cromlyn, loi, 230 
Cros, 275 

Crosby, 82, 90, 92, 93. 

Cruft, 115 

Cruger, or Creeger, Cri- 
gier, Crugo, 42, 44,45, 
47, 228, 230, 231, 270, 

^ .273. 275 

Cruikshanks, 93 

Culver, 236 

Cuming, 210 

Cunningham, 274 

Cure, 270 

Currie, 52 

Curry, or Currie, 52, 53 

Curtis, S3, 216 

Cuyler, 210, 270 

Dagere, 47 

Dalje, 41 

Dalsen, 273 

Daly, 40, 102, 104, 226, 

227, 273 
Damerel, 4 
Damour, 266 
Dana, 32, 56, 105 
Daniels, 226 
Darden, 116 
Darling, 114, 237 
Darwin, 57 
Dash, 59 
Davids, or Davidts, 43, 

45, 104, 106, 228, 232^ 
Davis, 54, III, 115 
Davoe, 51 
Dawson, 88 
Day, 112 
Dayton, 236 
De, 41, 272, 274 
Dean, iii, 232, 280 
Deas, 233 
De Berg, loi 
De Bildt, 63 
De Bois (see Du Bois) 
De Boog, 44, 105, 231 
De Booys, 86 • 

Decker, or Dekker, 256, 

Deems, 70 
Defoe, III 
De Forest, or De Freest, 

40, 41, 46, 84, 87, 102, 

104, 106, 108, 226, 
269, 272, 274 

De Graw, 41, 106, 115, 

233, 246, 268, 273, 274 

De Groof, 40, 44, 45, loi, 

105, 269, 270, 272 j 
De Groot, or De Groat, 

51, 230 
De Grove, 232 
D'harietten, 227 
De Hart, 40, 54, 102, 103, 

224, 229, 268 
De Hooges, 83, 84 
De Hutter, 252 
De Kay, 46, 102, 107, 227, 

231, 271 
De Kleyn, 45, loi, 702, 

104, 105, 225, 271, 275 
Delafield, or De La Feld, 

59, 245-251 
De Lamontagne, 465.227 
De La Motte, 109 
De Lancey, or De Lance, 

40, 41, 79, 85, 89, 104, 

106, 109, III, 226 
De Lange, 229 

De Lanoy, loi, 271 
Del Doyt (see Dwight) 
Delva, 255, 258 
De Meyer, 253, 257 
De Mill, or DeMell, 42, 

108, 224, 227 
De Mott, 25s 
Denison, 212 
Denton, 54 
Denyse, 62 
De Peyster, or De Peis- 

ter, 41, 43, 45, 59, 89, 

90, 103, 106, 224, 225, 
231, 274, 275 

De Pue, or Depew, De 
Puy, 76, 256, 265 

De Riemer, 1^5, -.104, ^^25, 

Derouwe, 107 

De Snyer, 229 

De Truwe, 82 

De Voor, 226 

De Water, 43 

Dewey, 32 

De Wendel, or De Win- 
del, loi, 231 

De Wint, 41 

De Witt, or De Wit, 27, 
loi, 105, 232, 252, 
25s, 258, 267 

Dey, 242, 244 

Deyo, 243, 261, 262, 266, 

Dickenson, 232, 235, 276 

Dickson, 243 

Didrix. 270 

Dill, 112 

Dimon, 236 

Diodati, 35 

Dirkje, 40 

Dircks, or Dircx, Dirx, 41, 
■47, 103, 224, 227, 270 

Dissenton, or Dissington, 
4S, 224 

Dix, log 

Dojon, 261 

Dongal, S3, 232 

Dongan, 252 

Donnelson, 105, 275 

Dorhage, 107 

Dorr, 236 

Douw, or Douwe, Dow, 
40, 41, loi, 106, 225, 

Drake, 56, no, 240 

Dring, 217 

Drommey, 46 

Drowne, 57, 79, 205, 215, 

Drummond, 35, 36, 37, 
no, 233, 23s 

Duane, 244 

Du Bois, 59, 103, 256, 261, 
262, 263, 264, 266, 
267, 274 

Duche, 237 

Du Doyt (see Dwight) 

Duffie, 279 

Dufoe, 107 

Du Mont, 234, 278, 280 

Dunbar, 209 
Duncan, 54 

Dunlap, 87, 278 

Dunshee, 237 
Durfee, 214 
Diirlay, 52 
Durrell, 109 

Duyckmck, or Duyking, 
45, 46, loi, 103, no, 
in, 20D, 225, 226 

Duyon, 261 
Duzenbury, 54 
Dwight, or Dwite.Dwiggt, 
Dwyt, Dwait, Du 
Doyt, Du Doight, 
Dwit, Doit, Dwiton, 
De Doito, Del Doyt, 
Dewhit, Dwyte, 

Doit, 23-32, 109 
Dy, or Dye, 41, 106, 269 
Dyk, 225^ -i • '^ 
Dykman, 46, 58, 228, 230, 
231, 272 

Earl, 55 

Eaton, gS 

Echt, 42, 104 

Ecker, 42 

Eckeson; 41, 106, 108, 225 

Edgar, 233 

Edsall, 35, 42 

Edward2, 32, 53, 236 

Egbert, 51, 278 

Egbertse, or Egbertsen, 
42, 225, 229, 255 

Eggleston, 94, 97 

Ekkeson, 43 

Eldred, 214 

Eldredge, 107 

Eliot, 60, 109, 278 

Ell, 228 

Ellem, 42 

Ellen, 226 

Elles, 100, loi 

Ellesse, 41, 226, 274 

Ellis, 46 

Elmas, 37 

Elmendorf, 253, 263 

Elsewarth, or Elzewarth, 

Elsewart, 42, 43, 47, 

loi, 107, 108, 226, 

228, 229, 232, 270, 

.273. 274 

Elting, 264, 266, 267 

Elwell, 276 

Elwes, 233, 234 

Ely, 112, 278 

Emerson, 213 

Emmet, 271 

Epton, III 

Erie, 270 

Ernest, #51 

Estabrorfk, 280, 282 

Estrey, 45 

Evans. 229, 251, 278 

Evarts, 71, 115 
Everts, 35, 26S 

Ewer, 8 
Exveen, 43, 274 

Farbosch, 228 

Fanning, 236 

Farrenton, 274 

Fassul, 274 

Faster, 106 

Feller, 42 

Fenix, 42, 44, 107, 230, 

Ferrie, 232 
Field, 32, 213 
Fielding, 44 
Fiele, 225, 227 
Filkins, 59 
FiHps, or Filipz, 47, 229, 

Fiske, 281 
Fithian, 236 
Folger, 7, 8 
Fonda, 40 
Fonteyn, 224 
Ford, 60 ^^ 
Fordham, 236 
Forseur, 231 
Foster, 32, 218, 236 
Fowler, 81, 212, 236 
Fox, 280 
Franklin, 7 
Franse, or Fransen, 

France, 40, 41, 106, 

224, 227, 230, 231, 

273. 274 
Frazer, 53 

Freer, or Frere, 258, 264 
Freest, 103 
Freneau, 202 
F'rench, 114 
Fulton, 65 
Fyn, 42, 44 

Gaasbeck, 264 

Gaillard, 60 

Gaines, 86 

Gale, 54 

Garbrantse.or Garbrants, 

42, 45, 225, 227, 228 
Gardimas, 103 

Index to Names in Volume XVII. 


Gardiner, 8, 9, lo, 32, 33, 
^ 34. ^57 
Garmo, 102 
Garret, 54 
Gasherle, 263, 265 
Gates, go, 91 
Gayur, i-ii 
Geddes, 52 
Celder, 273 
Gelston, 236 
\ Gemaar, 266, 267 
< Genets, or Genetse, 108, 

Georges, 7 
Gerand, 51 
Gerard, 88 
Germond, 278 
Gerritson, 253 
Gerry, 109 
Gibbs, 250 
Gibson, 236, 279 
Gilbert, 59 
Gilchrist, 278- 
Gilligham. 53 
Gilliland, 53, 278 
Gilmore, 212 
Gleig, 109 
Glover, or Gloever, 108, 

109, 232, 272 
Godfrey, 8 
Goederus, 40, 46, 105, 

269, 270 
Goelet, 41, 84, 104, 275 
Goff, 98 
Golow, 51 

Goldsmith, 241, 279 
Goodall, 236 
Goodmans, 37 
Gookin, 55 
Goodwyn, 29 
Gordon, 232, 278 
Gorringe, 76 
Gos, 42 
Gouverneur, 86, loi, 107, 

loS, 228, 269 
Gowin, 226 
Graaf, 108 
Grace, 238 
Graham, 52 
Grant, 33, 47, 56, 57, 105, 

232, 242 
Graves, 13 
Gray (see Grey) 
Greaton, 205 
Greene, 33, 79, 113, 217 
Greenham, or Grienham, 

40, loi, 104, 106, 230 
Greenleat, 6, 8 
Greenly, 19 
Gregory-. 54 
Grevenraad, 102, 230 
Grey, 33, 232 
Griffith, 243 
Grigier, 102 
Groen, 229 
Groot, 256 
Guda, 107 
Guimard,or Gumaer, 258, 

Gurtley, in 

Haal (see Hall) 

Hadden, 211 

Haering, or Haring, 224, 

Hagerman, 53 
Haines, or Haynes, 59, 

Haldane, 60 
Haldron, 40, 226 
Hallam, 51 
Halleck, 56, So 
Hallett, 249, 250 
Hall, 32, 35, 106, 231, 

234. 24 s 
Halstead, no 
-"•alsey, 236 

Ham, 102, 228 
\Hamilton, 88, no, in, 

*■ 235 

Hammond, 241 

Han, or Hans, 105, 229 

Hand, 62, 236 

Hannum, 55 

Hansen, 255 

Harcks, 224 

Hardenberg, 47, 105, 228, 
253. 263, 264, 265, 
270, 27s 

Harding, 105, 269 

Hardenbroeck, or Har- 
denbrook, 39, 44, 45, 
47, loi, 104, 106, in, 
228, 231, 273, 27s 

Harkins, in 

Harmese, 46 

Harmon, 212 

Harper, 116 

Harrietton, 102 

Harrmgton, 213 

Harris, 216, 236 

Harssing, or Hassing, 44, 

46, 47, 103, 224, 227, 

Hart, 230 
Hartman, 274 
Harvard, 70, 238 
Harvey, 28, 109 
Hasbrouck, or Hasbrook, 

60, 238, 258, 261- 

Haswell, 211 
Hattem, 224 _ 
Hawkins, 255^, 260 
Hawks, loS 
Hawthorne, 57 
Hawxhurst, 219 
Hay, or Hayes, 51, 52, 
* 237, 277 
Hayaar, 261 
Hazard, 35, 53, 54, 249 
Heard, 35 
Heburn, 51 
Hedges, 236 
Heermans, 45, 46, 225, 

231, 263, 269 
Hegeman, 43, 106, 230, 


Hellaker, 44 
Helhake, 227 
Helm, 230 
Henderson, 54, 213 
Hendriks, or Hendrickse, 

Hendrix, 46, 107, 

228, 230, 254, 274 
Hennejon, or Henyon, 

Hcnejon, Henion, 42, 

47, loi, 227, 230, 268 
Henneson, 229 

Henry, 114 

Hermans, or Herman, 45, 

Herres, 47, 271 
Herrick, 236 
Herring, 271 
Herringnian, 53 
Herrington, 212 
Herriot, 52 
Hertenberg (see Harden. 

Hervey, 234 
Hesler, 211 
Hewitt, 21 1 
Hewson, or Heuson, 208, 

209, 210 
Hey, 268 
Heyninge, 100 
Hibon, 41, 46, 103, 106, 

108, 229, 270, 271, 

Hicford, 274 
Hickock, 93, 228 
Hicks, 2i8, 277 
Hildreth, 236 

Hill, 28, 280 

Hillebrants, 255 

Hilletje, io6 

Hillery, 54 

Hinksman, 235 

Hitchcock, 211 

Hoagland (see Hoog- 

Hoft", 256 

Hoffman, 86, 88, 242, 243, 
244, 251, 252, 264, 

Hoge, 275 

Holgate, 85, 90, 237 

Holmes, 11, 18 

Holroyd, 278 

Hoist, 42, 103, 106, 107 

Holton, 114 

Homan, 226 

Home, 226 

Homer, 21 

Homes, 50, 114 

Hood, 14, 15, 41 

Hooglandt, 43, 45, 46, 
62, 85, loi, 103, 108, 
112, 225, 226, 231, 
269, 271, 275 

Hoogteling, 47, 256, 257, 

Hoorn, or Hooms, 46, 107 

Hoornbeck, 263, 265, 267 

Hopkins, 32 

Hopkinson, 202 

Hoppe, 231 

Hopper, 271 
Horsman, 53 
Horton, 277 
Hough, 80, 93, 94, 95, 96, 

99, 109, 214 
Houghton, 217 
Houwer, 42 

Houward, or Hoitwerd, 
Howard, 51, 61, 108, 
Howell, 235, 236 
Hubbard, H2 
Huckins, 240 
Hudson, 279 
Hull, 22 
Hulbert, 56 
Hulsapple, 209 
Hulst, 46, 109, 273 
Hunt, 32, 224 
Hunter, 12 
Huntington, 32 
Huntling, 236 
Hurd, 214 
Hurlbert, 60 
Hussey, 257 
Hutchmson, 278 
Hutsings, io8 
Huyke, 44, 231 
Huysman, 104, 107, 273, 

Hyer, 41, 47, 102, 103, 
104, 106, 225, 230, 
268, 270, 273, 274 

Ides, or Idesse, 102, 108, 

Indcvoor, 229 
Inman, 14, 92 
Irving, in, 241 
Ivers, 233 

Jacobs, or Jacobse, 43, 45, 
46, 83, 86, loi, 105, 
107, III, 226, 229, 
231, 236, 240 

James, in 

Jans, or Janse, Jansen, 
41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 
102, 103, 104, 107, 
225, 226, 228, 230, 
233. 254. 255, 271 

Jay. 57. 59. 107, in, 116 

J eds, or Jeeds, Jeets, 
46, 105, 271, 272 

Jeffers, 107, 268 

Jemmeson, 41, 224, 231 

Jenkins, 278 

Jennings, 236 

Jermain, 205, 206 

Jessup, 236, 279 

Jones, 53, 59, 86, 209, 
215, 236, 238 

Johnson, or Jonson, 3, 36, 
51, 52, 98, loi, 103, 
107, 224, 232, 273, 274 

Johnston, 35, 36, 90, 277 

Jonker, 43 

Jons, 273 

Jooste, 46, 102 

Jordan, 205 

Joris, 43, 104, 225 

Judson, 43 

Kallbeck, 11 

Kane, 106 

Kastang, 229, 231 

Kelby, 259 

Kellogg, 115 

Kellond. 5 

Kelly, 213 

Kelsey, 278 

Kemble, 86 

Kemmel, 107 

Kendall, 235 

Kennale, 57 

Kennedy, 51, 52 

Kennyf, 229 

Kent, 32, 59, 115, 23s, 

Kerfbyl, 84, 103, 226 
Kermer, 40, 108, 230, 272, 

Ketaltas, 40, 45, 231 
Keussen, 109 
Keyser, 53 
Kibbey, 212, 213 
Kierse, 46 
Kierstede, 42, 45, 104, 

226, 228, 230, 254, 

256, 268, 269, 270, 

272, 274 
Kilby, 274 
Kilham, 97 
King, 25, 31, 32, 33, 51, 

58, 60, 115, 238 
Kinge, 115 
Kinny, 106 
Kip, 40, 41, 102, 104, 224, 

226, 227, 268, 269, 

Kirk, 208 

Kirkbride, 238 

Kissam, 72 

Klaase, 43, 270 

Kleek, 105 

Kloppers, 47, 86, 230 

Knight, 107 

Knox, 278 

Kock, 46, I02, 231 

KoUock, 54 

Koning, 44, 227 

Kook, 42 

Kool, or Koal, 44, 226, 

227. 229 
Koribyl (see Kerfbyl) 
Korse, 45 
Kortrighl, 255, 280 
Kouwenhoven, 102 - 
Koxnian, 105 
Kramer, 270 
Kromkheyt, 45, 102, 230, 

268, 269 
Krieger, 44, 236 
Krom, 42, 43, 230 
Kunibell, 277 
Kuyler, 45, 47, 226 
Kuyper, 227, 230 
Kwakenbos, 104 
Kwik, 4S 


Index to Names in Volume XVII. 

Labadie, 106 

Lacey, 279 

Lackey, 54 

Lae, 107 

Laidlie, 243, 244 

Lake, 54, 278 

Lakeman, 101, 270 

Lam (see Lamb) 

Lamb, 43, 46, 79, 81, 85, 

86, go, 91, 92, 102, 

107, 22s, 273, 274 
Lambert, 52 
Lameaire, 275 
La Meter, 253 
La Montagne,4i, 104, 224, 

270, 271 
La Mott, 109 
Langendyke, 258 
Langet, 275 
Langley, 278 
Lanmere, 268 
Laning, 40, 45, 108, 228 
Lanoy, 43, 224 
Lansing, or Lancing, 40, 

loi, loS, 214 
Larmon, 212 
Larremore, 109 
Lash, 230 
Lashir, 51, 53, 233 
Lasler, 46 
Lasly, 227 
Lass, 47 
Lattmg, 80, 115 
La Toynette, 262 
Lathrop, 32, 56 
Lauder, 208 
Laurence, 51, 278, 280 
Lau/ens, 13 
Laurier, 275 
Law, 45 
Layd, 42 
Lea, loi 
Le Klanc, 266 
Lebouestre, 25 
Le Charme, 269 
Le Compte, 233 
Lee, 41, 44, 114, 228, 281 
Leeds, 223 
LefFers (see Lefferts) 
Lelferts, loS, 225, 226, 

231, 271 
Lefever, 262, 263, 264, 

266, 267 
Legran, 108, 231, 268 
Legraw, loi 
Leraountes, loi 
Leonard, 99, 277, 278 
Lerdith, 22b 
Leroux, 103, 224, 225 
Le Koy, Sa 
Le beigneur, 25 
Levencn, 115 
Levendge, 115, 116 
Levesy, 233 
Lewis, 233 
Leyslaar, or Leysler, 47, 

loi, 103, 105 
Lierse, 45, 271 
Liewis, or JLieuwes, 43, 44, 

105, lob, 224, 229, 

231, 272, 273 

Lincoln, 53 -•-_ 

Linzec, 14, 23 
Lmtner, 2^2 
Lippenar, 45, 102 
Lispenard, 85 
Livmgston, 57, 60, 65, 

tJj, 86, 249, 257, 268 
Lloyd, 36 

Longlellow, 237, 239 
Looniis, 32 

J^oots, or Lootz, 108, 269 
Lounsbury, 2B0 
Lottery, 274 
Louwe, orLouw, 103, 105, 

Lovelace, 252 

Low, 262, 263, 277 

Lowtet, 232 

Ludlow, 59, 236 

Ludlum, 51 

Lupton, 236 

Luykas, or Luykasse, 41, 

108, 226 
Luke, 54 
Lftsh, 43 
Lyman, 31, 268 
Lyons, 236, 271 
Lynen, 104 
Lynse, 108, 230, 273 
Lyslaar (see Leyslaer) 

Mabie, 235 
Machkralt, 43 
Macklin, 255, 257 
Macknight, 47, 108 
Macpheadris, 224 
Macy, 6 
Macy, 8, 10 
Maddix, 41, 231 
Macden, 46 
Magdnell, 106 
Magnight(see McKnight) 
Malcolm, 90 
Maningault, 114 
McClam, 52 
McCleary, 233 
McClelland, 244 
McClintock, 214 
McLlure, 233 
McCready, 277 
McCuUen, 52 
McCurdy, 232 
McDonald, 52, 278 
McDougal, 205 
McKvers, 59 
McEwan, 208 
Mcl'aden, 52 
Mcintosh, 52 
McKay, 54 

McKnight, or Magnight, 
54, 102, 230, 271, 275 
McLean, 278 
McMasters, 52, 88 
McMurdo, 18 
McMurray, 54, gi'i, gi, 92 
McQuean, or MjQueen, 

54, 232 
McRea, go 
McTyeire, 69 
Main, 228, 271 
Mairs, 235 
Man, 47 

Mandeviel, loi, 105 
Manning, 214, 218 
Marens, 273 
Maries, 106 
Maruius, 36, 229 
Marius, 40 
Marke, 227 
Marshall, or Marchal, 87, 

108, 114, 226, 25s, 

Marschalk, 54, 102 
Marseilles, 55, 237 
Marsiglia, 222, 223 
Martens, 226 
Marthel, 47 
Martin, 35, 53 
Mathewsoii, 278 
Mathiks, 107, 227 
Matthyssen, or Matthu- 

sen, loi, 252, 254, 270 
Matthews, 16, 54, 210 
May, 110, 236 
Mayhew, or Mayhowe, 2, 

7, 10 
Maxwell, 59 
Meeker, 51 
Medcalf, 279 
Meeckem, 134 
Meeden, 230 
Meggatt, 234 
Mehoon, 41 

Meindertse, 254 

Melville, 235 

Melvine, 234 

Men, 102, 272 

Mencor, 52 

Menzees, 276 

Menthorne, 224 

Mercedes, 272 

Merkal, 259 

Merntt, 212 

Merynes, 226 

Mesier, 47, 59, 224, 227, 

Meserol, 270 
Metcalf, 114 
Meyer, 41, 45, 86, 100, 

III, 228, 230, 274, 

Michielse, 107, 228 
Miller, 54, 103, 112, 232, 

241, 269 
Milles, 260 
Minne, 274 
Missever, 278 
Misseroy, 54 
Mitchell, 218, 236, 277 
Mode, 278 
Moene, or Moens, 41, 47, 

60, 103, 224 
Mohone, 271 
Mol, 41, 46, 47, 231 
Molhern, 227 
Moncrief, 51 
Mons, 227 
Montagne, or Montanyie, 

41. 52, 53, 103, 104, 

268, 277 
Montague, 12, 106 
Montgomery, 53, 278 
Monting, 107, 227 
Montras, 268, 269 
Moore, 80 
Moreau, 217 
Morgan, 71 
Moody, 51 
Moore, 109 
Moorhead, 232 
Morehouse, 56 
Morison, 52, 232, 276 
Morris, 56, 87, iii 
Mortier, 272 
Morton, 59 

Mott, lOQ, 219, 220, 221 
Mouritz,or Mourits, Mou- 

ris, 47, 103, 224, 229, 

Mulford, 34 
MuUeneaux, 54, 278 
Mulligan, 115 
Mundy, 11 
Munsell, 82, 83, 84 
Myer, 101, 102, 103, 104, 

105, 107, 225, 228, 


Nagel, orNagels, J05, 272 
Narbury, 106, 229 
Narwoed, or Narrewood, 

43> 272 
Narthan, 44 
Neil, 51, 52 
Nelson, 36, 114 
Nessepat, 47, 271 
Newbold, 115 
Newton, 44, 250, 278 
Nieuwkerke, or Newkirk, 

228, 256 
Nichols, S3, 252, 282 
Nivens, 2S0 
Noble, 213 
Noe, 54 
Noel, 35 
Northrup, 210 
North, 29 
Nott, 198, 210, 211 
Nottingham, 256, 265, 266 
Nuson, 261 

Obyt, 270 

O'Callaghan, 83 

Ocdon, 103 

O'Conor, 71 

Odell, 57, 58, "S 

Ogden, 67, 86 

Oldes, or Olds, 29, 40, 47, 

Olferts, or OlferU, 01- 

phertze, 40, 43, loi, 

Om, 106, 22s, 230, 274 
Onkelbag, or Oncklebag, 

104, 105, 224, 272, 

Oosterhave, 40 
Oosterhout, 257, 238, 262, 

263, 265 
Oostrander, 108 
Oostrum, 226 
Osborne, 33, 278 
Otey, 113 
Outman, 102, 207 

Pagitt, 233 _ . ^ 
Palding, 225 1^ ^ 

Parcell, 41, 141 

Paretre, 41 
Parkes, 232 
Parkhurst, 7 

Parsell, 141 

Parsons, 32, 85, 93, iii, 

Partridge, 32 
Patainia, 222 
Patka, 47 
Patley, 12 
Patoii, 235, 278 
Patterson, or Pattison,3S, 

51, 55,90 
Paulding, 278 — 
Pawling, 255, 279 
Payne, 56 
Peabody, 109 

Pearsall, 218, 220, 222 — 
Pearson, 83, 98, 237 
Pecher, 227 
Peck, or Peek, 44, 45, 

227, 231 
Peek (see Peck) 

Peers, 41, 46, 226, 227, 
229, 274 

Pels, or Pelli40, 41, 43, 45, 
47, 103, 104, 108, 224, 
225, 227, 262, 269, 
270, 272, 273, 274 

Pelletreau, 236, 276, 278 

Penet, 99 

Perry, 11, 52, 246 

Peryn, or Perrin, 101, 278 

Peters, 51 

Pettinger, 51 

Philips, or Philipz, 32, 40, 
46; 55- 85, 103, los 

Phoenix. 217 

Pierrepont, 58, ill 

Pierson, 236 

Pieteis,orPieterse, Peters, 
104, 108, 224, 227, 

228, 231, 273 
Pike, 33, 34, 55 
Pinkham, 8 
Pitcher, 93 
Play, 44 
Ploeg, 257 

Poe, 56 

Poillon, 116 

Pomeroy, 4 

Pool, S3, 278 

Poore, 115 

Popham, 223 

Porter, 28. 219, 240 

Porterfield, 52 

Post, 40, 41, 42, SI. 89, 
103, 107, io8, 2.:6, 
228, 229, 236, 2.S7, 
269, 270, 272, 273, -' "4 

Index to Names in Volume XVII. 


Potman, 40, 117, 273 

Pouchot, 98 

Pouwelse, 43, 102, 104, 

107, 225, 229, 268, 

Powell, 44, 219, 220, 221, 

Praa, 272 

Preble, 80 

Prescott, 18, 2s8 

Preslar, 227 

Preyer, 46, 229 

Prideaux, 4, 5 

Prichard, 209 

Prime, 109, 197-208, 238 

Prior, 220 

Proctor, 115, 240 

Proudfoote, 278 

Provoost, or Prevoost, 42, 
43. 44. 46, 47. 87, 101, 
102, 103, 106, 107, 

108, III, 225, 226, 
227, 231, 268, 271, 
272, 273, 274, 275 

Pruyn, 109, m, 208-214, 

Prys, 229 
Purdy, 109 
Purple, 80 
Putnam, 34 
Pylden-Drommond, 55 
Pyne, 5 

Quackenbos, or Quaken- 
bosch, Quakkenbos, 

43, 47, 208, 225, 229, 
231, 232, 257, 271 

Quick, orQuik, 107, 224, 

Quincy, 55 

Rader, 213 
Raleigh, 233 
Raymond, 237 
Rayner, 54, 236 * 

Rapalje, 104, 230, 275 
Ratleff, 1 01 
Ravesteyn, 40, 102, 108, 

225, 226, 272, 273, 

Read, or Reed, log, in 
Reeves, 236 
Relay, 52 
Relje, 107 
Remsen, go 
Reners, 231 
Resow, 225 
Rethlif, 229 
Reyers, or Reyerse, 41, 

44, 106, 269 
Reynders, 103 
Reynedet, 273 
Reynolds, 32 

Rhee, 47, loi, 106, 108 

Rhodes, 217 

Rich, 212 

Richard, 44, 229, 279 

Richerson, 105 

Ricord, 114 

Riemers, 42 

Riker, 82, 83, 84, 256 

Riley, 279 

Ringo, 43, 224, 273 

Risch, 227 

Rivers, or Riviers, 41, 46 

Robberts, or Robberds, 

Robert, 44, 105 
Rodgers, 116 
Robinson, or Robberson, 

29. 34, 45. 85, 102, 

211, 234, 271, 276 
. .vk.oertson, 116, 244 
f '.ochel, 42 
ochester, 210 
)elofse, 47, 102, 107, 

229, 254, 27s 
Rogers, 98, 236, 280 

Rol, 42 

Rollegom, 102, 108 

Romana, 222, 223 

Rombouts, 255 

Rome, or Romme, Rom- 
men, 42, 43, 46, lOI, 
104, 224, 228, 265, 
268, 270, 271, 273 

Romeyn, 40 

Roos, 47, 8s 

Roosa, 254, 255, 256, 258 

Rose, or Rosa, 42, 230, 
236, 277 

Roseboom, 41, 83, 227 

Rosevelt, 47, 59, 84, loi, 
106, 109, 224, 230, 
231, 271, 274, 275 

Ross, 278 

Rowe, 14 

Ruggles, 281 

Ruhl, 265 

Rusje, 271 

Rutgers, or Ruthgers, 
Rutgerson, 45, 82-92, 
93, loi, 103, 107, 228, 
230, 238, 262, 268 

Ruskm, 237, 239 

Russel, 106, 271, 274 

Rutan, 261 

Rutsen, 253, 256, 263 — - 

Ruttenber, 266 

Ruyten, 103 

Rykman, 40, 227 

Sage, 109 
Saintsbury, 113 
Salisbury, 55, 60, 229, 

263, 264 
Salomans, or Salomonse, 

41, 272, 274 
Salter, no 
Saltonstall, 8, 33 
Saltus, 210, 211 
Sammens, 46, 225, 226 
Sanborne, 9 
Sanderson, 237 
Sanders, 47, 106 
Sands, 60 
Sanford, or Santford, 

Santfoort, 47, 225, 

228, 236, 275 
Sarley, 103 
Saville, 241 
Sayres, 236 
Schars, 40, 268 
Schaats, 230, 272 
Schellinx, 33 
Schenck, 114, 237 
Schepmoes, 253 
Schermerhorn, 40, 43, 51, 

III, 225, 274 
Schoonmaker, 254, 255, 

257, 262, 263, 265, 

Schnabel, or Schnebele, 

Schnebly, 113 
Schoute, 108, 273 
Schumans, 107 
Schuyler, 40, 41, 44, 47, 

57, 60, 84, 105, 107, 

III, 255, 269, 272 
Schryver, 105 
Scott, 85, 86, III, 236, 

242, 244 
Scribner, 60 
Scudder, 36, 202, 205 
Scurlock, 226 
Seabury, 238 
Seaman, 86, 219, 221, 222 
Sears, no 

Sebring, 53, 108, 225, 275 
Sedgwick, 32 
Secly, or Seelye, 115, 237 
Segcrs, 108 
Sclover, 103 
Severance, 10 
Sewall, 55 

Seymour, 59, 236 

Seyn, 107 

Shahaan, 46, loi, 230, 273 

Sharp, 114, 213 

Shaw, 115 

Sheaft', 54 

Sheaft, or Sheaffe, 18, 51 

Shekkerly, 275 

Sherry, 241 

Sherman, 214 

Sherwood, 54 

Sibley, 80 

Sickels, 46, 224 

Silvestre, 224, 273 

Sills, 51 

Simons, no 

Sims, 270 

Sinclair, loi, in, 230 

Sippe, 40, 103, 106, 107, 

Sipkens, 270, 274 
Sissem, 258 
Sjeckerly, 105 
Sjecre, 107 
Sjeklen, 277 

/Sjoerts, or Sjoerte,"47,"270 
Skidmore, 232 
Slafter, in 
Slattbrooke, 29 
Slecht, or Sleght, 256, 

262, 263, 264 
Sling, 230 
Sloan, 233 
Slorer, 275 
Slott, 42, 107 
Slow, 44, 104, 226 
Sluys, 227 
Smedes, 264 
Smith, or Smits, 33, 41, 

42, 44, 45, 51, 54, 100, 

102, 107, 108, no, 217, 

224, 226, 227, 229, 230, 
231,232, 233,234,249, 
260, 269, 270, 271, 275, 

Sraithson, 52, 53 . 
Snaively, or Snaivele, 
Snavelyj Snively, 113 
Sneden, 54 
Snyder, 279 
SoUcman, 271 
Somerly, 6 
Somerendyk, 45, 46, 53, 

225, 237, 269, 273 
Soy, lOi 

Speed, 114 

Splinter, 45 

Sprath, loi 

Spratt, 42, 161, 274 

Squires, 236 

Staats, 44, 45, 47, 105, J07, 

108, 224, 228, 269, 270, 

Staff, 268 
Stafford, 216, 217 
Stanborough, 236 
Stanton, 114 
Starbuck, 6 
Starr. 52 
Statham, 43, 46 
Statom, 42 
Steddiford, 277 
Steel, 105 
Stemels, 42 
Stephens, 112, 236 
Stevens, 5, 41, 47, 229, 

238. 275 
Stevenson, or Stefenson, 

109, 197, 224 
Stewart, 51, 232 
Steynbag, 107 

S tiles, 79, 80, II 5, 2 1 5, 2 1 7, 

238, 240, 277 
Stille, 87, 104, 274 
Stoddard, 32 
Stone, 52, 217 
Storrs, 237, 240, 241 

Stout, 272, 273 
Stoutenburg, 40, 103, 107, 

224, 226. 227, 270 
Streddels, 43, 104, 231 
Street, 56 
Strong, 32, S3, 212 
Struthers, 234, 235 
Stryker, S5 
Stuart, 23, 90 
Stuyvesant, 85, in 
Stymels, 103, 229, 270 
Sullivan, 60 
Sutherland, 52, 233 
Sybbald, 53 
Symmes, or Symese, Sy- 

mense, 107, 272 
Swaan, 40, 228 
Swaine, 8 
Swart, 270 

Swartwout, 252, 257, 266 
Swatman, 213 
Swits, or Swit, 27, 43, 253, 

254. 256 

Talbot, 241 

Tallcott, 209 

Talmadge, 236 

Tant, 278 

Tantown, 44 

Tappan, 205-256 

Tattersill, 53 

Taylor, 56-112 

Teller, 103-106, 225, 229, 
254. 255. 274, 275 

Temple, 213 

ten Berg, 272 

Ten Brock, 229 

Ten Broeck, 264, 281 

Ten Eyck, or Ten Yk, 41, 
42. 45. 46, 47, loi. 
102, 103, 104, 105, 
107, 210, 211, 224, 
227, 228, 229, 256, 
268, 269, 270, 271, 

T, Yk, 231 

Terbell, 236 

Temeur, 275 

Teunis, 255, 258 

Thacher, 218 , 

Thebles, 44 

Thember, 8 

Theobles, 231 

Theunis, 331 

U'hienhove, 101, 102 

Thomas, 36, 57, 108, 227, 
233, 234. 247, 275 

Thomasse, 227 
..Thompson, 39, 53, 54, 279 

Thong, 89 I 

Thome, 46, 224 1 

Thurston, 238 1 

'J'iebkins, 82 

Tiebout, 52, 233, 273 

Tillinghast, 217 

I'illy, 224 

Timmer, 102, 228, 229, 

Timnis, 234 

Titsoort, 258 ■ 

Titus, ni, 218, 278 

I'odd, 239 

Toll, in 

Tomkins, 276, 278 

Toombs, 238 

Topping, 236 

Torrey, in 

Townend, 232 

Treat, 33 

Tredwell, 54 

1 reutnan, 224 

Trigg, 233 

Trindle, 212 

'I'ristam, 18 

Trommels, 254 

Tucker, 53-101 

Turck, 106 

Index to Names in Volume XVII. 

Turk, 43, 44, 230, 269, 

270, 272 
Turner, 51, 58 
Turnier, 52 
Turrell, 279 
Tuttle, 56 
Tuytt, 27 
Twitner, 280 
Twere, 262 
Tyler, 209 

Ugbear, 4 
Underbill, 221 
Usher, 238 
Uytenbogert, 43, 227, 228 

Valentine, 89, 222 

Valk, 42 

Van Aarnem, 108 

Van Aken, 257 

Van Alsteyn, 57 

Van Antwerp, 55 

Van Baal, or Van Bael, 

83, 103, 274 
Van Benschoten, 255 
Van Bergen, 267 
Van Beuren, or Van Bu- 

ren, Van Buyren, 58, 

59, 105, 256, 271 
Van Bommel. 43 
Van Bossum, or Bossem, 

Bosson, Borssum, 

41, 43, 103, 106, 107, 
229, 269, 273 

Van Breestede, 82, 83 

Van Broekle, 51 

Van Brugh, 44, 102, 106, 

227, 231, 268 
Van Cortlandt, 40, 43, 57, 

58, 88, 224, 225, 228, 

269, 271, 272, 274, 

Van Couwenhoven, 40, 

Vandal, 232 
Van Dam, 46, 47, 87, 102, 

226, 231, 268, 270, 
272, 274 

Van Deurse, or Van Deu- 
sen. Van Driessen, 

42. 43, 45- 46, 47, 53, 
83, 102, 103, 225, 226, 

227, 22S, 268, 270, 

271, 272, 273, 278, 

Van Dewort, 232 

Van Dyk, 40, 41, 43, 44, 
45, 47, 103, 104, 105, 
226, 228, 230, 231, 
268, 269, 270, 27s -.,5^ 

Van Eckelen, 44 

Van Engle, 106 

Van Eps, 45 

Van Etten, 258 

Van Gaasbeek, 262, 264, 

Van Gelder, 40, 41, 46, 
102, 103, 104, 107, 

108, .224-,- ^(S,'"229,- 

268, 269, 270, 273', 

2'74, 27s, 27S 
Van Giessen, 45, 277 
Van Goese, loi 
Van Grootholdt, 252 
Van Hartsberge, 41, 105, 

106, '270 
Van Heyninge, 41, 106 
Van Hock, 105, 107 
Van Hoese, or V. Hoeser, 

IDS, 225 
Van Hoorn, orVan Home, 

41, 46, 59, 87, 89, 

100, 102, 105, 108, 
225, 231, 272, 274 
Van Houte, 227, 272 
Van Imburg, 44, 227, 272 
Van Kampen, 256 
Van Keuren, 254, 256, 

269, 281 
Van Laar, 43, 104, 231 
Van Leuven, 255 
Van Niewegen, 257 
Van Niewkerk, 45 
Van Nieuwenhuyse, 42 
Van Noorstrant, or V. 
Nortrant, V. Nor- 
trand, 40, 47, 83, 103, 

107, 225, 273, 27s 
Van Norde, 227 
Van Oorden,»io2 

Van Oort, 40, 42, 102, 

Van Oyen, 60, 114 
Van Ranst, 228 
Van Pelt, 42, 101, 271, 

Van Rensselaer; 83, in, 

208, 209 
Van Rollegom, 107 
Van Rood, 45 
Van Schaick, 43, 82, 87, 

88, 230 
Van Sane, 226 
Van Scboenderwoerdt,82, 

Van Schoonhoven, 224 
Van Sent, 44 
Van Stry, 273 
Van Tienhove, or Thien- 

hove, 40. 103, 271, 272 
Van Tilburg, 103, 268, 

Van Varik, 45, loi, 104, 

225, 228 
Van Vegte, 46, 106, 231 
Van Velse, 102 
Van Veurde, 47 
Van Vlek, 41, 104, 224, 

228, 268, 269 
Van Vore, 107 
Van Voorhees, 54, 59 
Van Voorn, 42 
Van Vorst, 42, 45, 102, 

230, 269 
Van Wagenen, 227, 237, 

262, 263, 264, 265, 

Van Wagener, 106 
Van Wart, or Van Waert,, 

46, 232 
Van Winkel, 270 
Van VVoert, 83, 231 
Van Wyck, S9, 89 
Van t'Zant, or V. Zandt, 

42, 102, 104, 208, 209, 

268, 271 
Vandewater, or V. de 

Water, 43,45,101,102, 

108, 224, 226, 268, 
270, 273 

Van De Venter, 41 
Van den Berg, or V. den 
^ .Burg, 40, 102, 107, 
• ip8, 263, 269, 273 
Van der Beek, 105 
Van der Bill, or Vander- 
bilt, 59, 61, 77, 109, 
no, 255, 258 
Van der ClyfF, or V. der 

Klyf, 44, 231, 274 
Van der Grist, 104 
Van der Heul, 44, 45, 47, 
I 102, 103, 224, 268 

I Van der Heyden, 103 
j Vanderhoefif, 53 

Van der Meer, 103 
Vanderpoel, 44, 103, 108, 

109, 281 
Van der Schure, 271 
Van der Spiegel, 45, 46, 

47, 226, 230, 231, 268, 

270, 271^272, 273 
Vandervliet, 62 
Vannuxem, 234, 279 
Varik, 47, 106 
Varrian, 278 
Vaughton, 105, 271, 275 
Veevas, 103 
Ver Brakel, 226 
Ver Duyn, 224, 231, 274 
Verkerk, 227 
Ver Klin, 275 
Vermesua, 238 
Vermilyea, 58 
Vernoy, or Vernay, 25, 

254,255, 257, 267 
Verplank, 57, 100, 106, 

Vickers, 42, 105, 274 
Viele, 47, III 
Vinton, 216, 217 
Visjie, 274 ■ 
Visscher, 41, 209 
Vivyan, 2 
VoUeman, 106 
Vonk, 43, 106, 230 
Von Ranke, 199 
Von Schramm, 37 
Vos, or Vas, 45, 84, 89 
Vowles, 58 
Vredenberg, 41, 231, 255, 

270, 273 
Vrelandt, or Vrelant, 

Vreeland, 36, 59, 

105, 270, 272 
Vroom, 255 
Vrooman, 211 
Vryman, 225 

Waddington, 88 

Wadsworth, in 

Wagstaft", 59 

Waldron, or Waldrom, 40, 
41, 44, SI, 102, 105, 
224, 225, 227, 228, 
268, 269, 272, 273, 

Walgraaf, 46 

Walker, 52, 277 

Wallace, 93, 96 

Waller, S5 

Wallis, 53 

Walmsley, 260 

Walters, 41, 103, 105, 

106, 108, 224, 228, 
270, 275 

Ward, 58 

Wardell, 231, 269, 280 

Warner, 232 

Warren, 51 

Waters, 41, 104, 238 

Watkins, 53 

Watson, 51 

Webb, 279 

Webber, or \Vebbers, 47, 

88, I04,'224,>225,'226, 

■255, 27i,>274 
Webster, 56 
Weed, 71 
Weeks, 114, 279 
Weiser, 277, 278 
Wei, 226 
Weld, 114 
Welles, or Wells, 60, 240, 

Weme, 47, 231 
Wendall, 41, 102 
Wendel, 42 

Wennara, 40 

Wessels, or Wesselse, 40, 
41, 42, 44. 45, 47, 
101, 104, 213, 224, 
225, 228, 229, 269, 
272, 274 
Westbrook, 278, 280, 28 1 
Westphael, 257 
Wetmore, 32 
Weynat, 268 
Wheeler, 52 "" ' " 
Whitaker, or Whittaker, 

253, 257, 262, 266, 

White, 46, 59, 103, 107, 

112, 114, 233, 236, 

Whitehead, 80 
Whiting, 32, 52 
Whitlock, 52, 233 
Whitney, 32 
Whitson, 219, 220 
Wichalt, 230 
Wick(s), 51, 236, 278 
Wide, 42 
Wilcocks, S3 
Wilder, in 
Willets, 221 
Willex, 40, loi 
Wilkes, 225, 245 
Will, loi 
Willard, 32, 99 
Willems, or Willemse, 33, 

40, 41, 42, loi, 102, 

106, 108, 224, 225, 

227, 229, 268, 273 
Willets, 213, 220, 221, 

Williams, 85, 99, 114,214, 

Willis, 56, 218, 220 
Wilson, 22, 39, 54, 56, 57, 

78, 109, in, 114, 238, 

242, 279, 281, 282 
Wiltman, 51 
Winne, 259 _^-^^ 
Winters, 102 
Winthrop, in 
Witsell, 51 
Witvelt, 41-, 105, 107, 229, 

231, 271, 274 
Woeder, 225 
Woedert, 40 
Woertendyk, 43, 105, 226, 

227, 229, 231, 271 
Woertman, 42, 225, 226, 

Wold, 45 
Wood, 53, 112, 217, 228, 

Woodhull, 53, 58, 114, 223 
Woodruff, 236 
Wool, 52, 233 
Woolsey, 31, 32, 236 
Wright, 54, 112, zii, 212, 

Wynants, 46, 229 
Wyhants, 228 
Wyhantz, 274 
Wynkoop, 102, 256, 265, 

Wytton, 42 

You mans, 51 
Young, 238, 277, 280 
Yverey, 42 

Zandt, 42 
Zenger, 87 
Zicks, 228 
Zuylandt, 266 

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the best established theories of the war '" """ '''''^'' " necessary to revise ma?"y of 

the. ^^s^^^s^s i;5\nec:;;;p:tc?b/;^i:^-^;;^,r" r^ ^-^^ '--■ -^^ -- of 

in o^i^y -3S^^^^J^;wn.^a t^^ and will be anonymous. 

SUg7et;L?rirv'-t,;e° ^PP-- i-^e" ~yIL\;SS °'^'^^ ^^"'^^ '^ ^^^^-^ '° ^^ 
war, will be'tfe!a?ed bv sc^me'p omi^e" eiti^^'n ■ f ^'f'ii^ °' ^'^^ ^^^^^ -^ West, since ti>e 
appears in the Decet.ber nun'ber of tl e Rpv"ru- Ton^ti^'X IK^'i'' '^T'''^'^ of 'this serie^ 

Few subjects are likely to command mnrl;/. ^ ^".""^ "'^ ^^'^ Governor of Texas 
than -The Land Question/' The official renorr of" ;°"rr'^" ^"^"""^ °^ American poli^ks 
declares there is no more arable lanc^S for'^se tlemin'. "''"'^ ^'^''^^ ^and Commissioner 
cessible. The editor of the North America r^T™ '"'f'^P' '" ""^^'o"^ practically inac- 
this subject, through a soecial ComnTicc^ ^ RKvrEw has made some investigation nf 

the study and publish thCres'llS'"'^"'"'' ^'^P"'^^ '° '''' ^est. and proposes to^Sue 

A present purpose of the Rfviwvv ;<= f,^ k • 
nominational leaders of the unrM I ^^1" "^ ^^"^^ ^^ articles in which the crrent d^ 

or "Why am I a Methodist" etc In'colTction' question :■< Why am I an Eiisco^aliLn "^ 
the Churches will doubtless be considered '^ ""' ^'^^""io" ^ Federative Union of 

upon us scholarship, its scientific Jpiri ks imnannf ^ ^'"^' k""" "' ^t^"din,<r or success, but 
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Genealogical and Biographical 


Devoted to the Interests of American 
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April, 1886. 


MoTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New YoRi: City. 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 

Publicatio7i Conwiittee . 




1. Cornelius and William H. Vanderbilt. By William H. Bogart, 

with two Portraits, ........... 61 

2. Address of President W^ilson, witli Portrait, 78 

3. The Rutgers Family of New York. By Ernest H. Crosby, with 

Portrait of Colonel Rutgers, ......... 82 

4. Memorial Sketch of Franklin B. Hough, M.D. By Dr. Henry R. 

Stiles, with Portrait, .......... 93 

5. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York 

— Baptisms, loi 

6. Notes and Queries. — Proceedings of the Society — Mott Family of New 

York — The American Historical Association, log — A Chinese Vanderbilt 
— Sears and Smith — Drummond Family — The Duyckincks, no — Schuyler 
Family — Columbus Statue — Family Memorials — An Ancient Journal — 
Election of Officers — Careless Printers — Continental Soldiers — Longevity, 
III — No Ancestors — Conant-Corson — Hoogland — Boardman, . . . 112 

7. Notes on Books. — Records of the Descendants of Nathaniel Ely, compiled 

by Heman Ely — Dictionary of National Biography, edited by Leslie 
Stephen, 112 — Memoir of Rt. Rev. James Hervey Otey, D.D., LL.D., 
the First Bishop of Tennessee, by Rt. Rev. William Mercer Green, D.D. 
— Genealogical Memoranda: Snively, A.D. i65g-A.D. 1882, compiled and 
arranged by (Rev.) William Andrew Snively (S.T. D.) — Marlborough, by 
George Saintsbury, 113 — The Wilderness Road, by Thomas Speed — 
The Forum, edited by Lorettus S. Metcalf, . . . . . ,114 

8. Donations to the Society, 114 

9. Obituary. — King— Leveridge, 115 — Rodgers 116 


While the Publication Committee aim to admit into the 
Record such Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical 
matter, only, as may be relied on for accuracy and authen- 
ticity, it is to be understood that neither the Society or 
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any), or for the opinions or observations contained or 
expressed in articles under the names, or initials, of 

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Contains a variety of valuable and interesting matter concerning the History, 
Antiquities, Genealogy and Biography of America. It was commenced in 1847 
and is the oldest historical periodical now published in this country. It is issued 
quarterly (each number containing at least 96 octavo pages, with a portrait on 
steel) by the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset Street 
Boston, Mass. 
Price, $3 per annuni in advance. Single ntimhers, 7^ c/s. each. 

Testimonial from the Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, Ph.D., LL.D., of Boston. 

"No other work is so rich in materials which give an insight into the history of the 
people of New England, their manners, customs and mode of living in bygone days." 
From the late Col. Joseph L Chester, LL.D., O.C.L., of London, England. 

"To me the work, of which I possess a complete set, is invaluable. I consult it 
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English families of the seventeenth century, concerning whom these volumes contain a 
vast amount of information not to be found elsewhere. There are no books in my library 
that I would not sooner part with than my set of the Register." 




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INDEX TO AMERICAN PEDIGREES-DURRIE. Albany, .868. 8vo. $3.00. 

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This Society, which was organized and incorporated seventeen years ago, has for its 
chief objects : 

First — To collect and print, in an enduring form, the scattered records of the early 
inhabitants of the Colony of New Netherland and the Province and State of New York, 
and to preserve the pedigrees of their families, also, as far as practicable, those of other 
families. This the Society is successfully accomplishing, through the medium of a peri- 
odical known as the "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, devoted 
to the interests of American Genealogy and Biography," edited by competent members of 
the Society, and now in the seventeenth year of its publication. The sixteen bound 
volumes of the Record contain many of the ancient records of the Dutch and other 
New York Churches, which are invaluable to those interested in their family history. 

Second — To add to its large and valuable library, which already contains many works 
that are rare and difficult to obtain — American biography, family genealogies, town, 
county, and other local histories ; and various volumes relating to the above and kindred 

Third — With a view to increase the usefulness of the Society, and for the purpose 
of enabling it to add to its fund for the erection of a fire-proof building to contain the 
Society's archives and library, the undersigned cordially request that, should the aims 
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Avenue, New York. Meetings are held on the second Friday evening of each month 
(excepting July, August, and September) at the Society's Hall, 64 Madison Avenue, when 
papers are read and addresses delivered on subjects for the most part, but not exclusively, 
relating to the State of New York. Meetings are also held on the fourth Friday evening 
of each month, of a business and conversational character. 


First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, 


CorresJ>ojzding Secretary, Recording Secretary, 


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Vol. XVII. 




Genealogical and Biographical 


Devoted to the Interests of American 
Genealogy and Biography. 

ISSUED quarterly 

July, 1886. 


MoTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 

Publication Committee : 




1. Four Primes. By Edward Iren.^us Stevenson, with Portrait . . 197 

2. Pruyn Family — American Branch. By John V. L. Pruyn, Jr. . 208 

3. Henry Thayer Drowne. By Henry R. Stiles, M.D., with Portrait. 215 

4. Records of the Society of Friends of Westbury, L. I. (Continued), 218 

5. Biographical Sketch of Gerlando Marsiglia. .... 222 

6. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New York 

(Continued). ............ 224 

7. Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches in the 

City of New York (Continued) 232 

8. Notes and Queries. — Pedigree of Elwes Family — Vannuxum — The 

Drummonds, of Preston Pans, Scotland — Natural Heirship — An Old 
Time Real Estate Agent — Southampton, L. I. — Balch — Cleaveland — Dorr 
— Unclaimed Fortunes in Holland — May, Lyons, Butler — Raymond — 
Somerdyke — Seelye — Philip Livingston — Marseilles. .... 233 

9. Books Donated to the Society 237 

10. Book Notices. — The Centennial History of the Protestant Episcopal Church 

in the Diocese of New York, by Gen. J. G. Wilson, 238 — Life and Letters 
of Joel Barlow, by Chas. B. Todd, 239 — Life of Henry W. Longfellow, by 
Samuel Longfellow, 239 — Prreterita, by John Ruskin, 239 — The History 
of Kings County, N. Y., by H. R. Stiles, 240 — The Storrs Genealogy, by 
Chas. Storrs, 240— Life of Admiral Sir Isaac Coftin, by Thos. C. Amory, 
242 — Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, 242 — The Complete Works of 
Robert Burns, by Hunter and Gebbie. ....... 242 

11. Obituary. — Mrs. Lavinia A. Dey, 242 — Right Rev. Charles F. Robertson, 

S. T. D 244 


While the Publication Committee aim to admit into the 
Record such Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical 
matter, only, as may be relied on for accuracy and authen- 
ticity, it is to be understood that neither the Society or 
Committee are responsible for misstatements of facts (if 
any), or for the opinions or observations contained or 
expressed in articles under the names, or initials, of 

All communications intended for the Record should be 
addressed to "The Publication Committee of the Record," 
at the rooms of the N. Y. Genealogical and Biographical 
Society, No. 64 Madison Avenue, New York. 

The Record will be found on sale at the rooms of the 
Society which are open on Tuesda}' and Friday afternoons : at 
Brentano Brothers, 5 Union Square, W.; and at Nash and Pierce's, 
80 Nassau Street, New York. The Society has a few complete 
sets on sale. Price for the 16 vols., well bound in cloth, $36.50. 
Subscription payable in advance, Two Dollars per annum ; Single 
Numbers Sixty Cents each. 

Payments for subscriptions, and annual dues of Members of the 
Society, should be sent to Dr. George H. Butler, Treasurer, 
No. 64 Madison Avenue, New York City. 


Contains a variety of valuable and interesting matter concerning the History 
Antiquities, Genealogy and Biography of America. It was commenced in i 847 
and IS the oldest historical periodical now published in this country. It is issued 
quarterly (each number containing at least 96 octavo pages, with a portrait on 
steel) by the Neu-England Historic Genealogical Societv, 18 Somerset Street 
boston, Mass. 

Price, $3 per anmim in advance. Single numbers, 75 cfs. each. 

Testimonial from the Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, Ph.D., LL.O., of Boston 

"No other work is so rich in materials which give an insight into the history of the 
people of ^ew England, their manners, customs and mode of living in bygone days." 

From the late Col. Joseph L. Chester. LLO., D.C.L., of London, England. 

lo me the work, of which I possess a complete set, is invaluable. I consult it 
constantly, not only for matters relating directly to Americans, but also in reference to 
iinghsh families of the seventeenth century, concerning whom these volumes contain a 
vast amount of information not to be found elsewhere. There are no books in my library 
tnat 1 would not soo ner part with than my set of the Register." 




ror the Publication of Orirjinal, and tU. Reprint of Rare and Valuable 
Works on State and National History. 

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lor libraries the payment secures the right for twenty years. 


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Chicago, 1867. Flexible doth i^mo V^U branches springing from the same Ancestry. 

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WINSLOW MEMORIAL, Vol. I,. ,877. New York, .877. 8vo. $- co 

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States or Canada, on receipt of the price, hy Dr. GEOMGE U. lilTLER 

Treasurer of the 

Kew York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 64 Madison Ave., New York. 

Genealogical and Biographical Society. 

Tliis Society, which was organized and incorporated seventeen years ago, has for its 
chief objects : 

f First — To^collect and print, in an enduring form, the scattered records of the early 
inhabitants of the Colony of New Netherland and the Province and State of New York, 
and to preserve the pedigrees of their families, also, as far as practicable, those of other 
families. This the Society is successfully accomplishing, through the medium of a peri- 
odical known as the "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, devoted 
to the interests of American Genealogy and Biography," edited by competent members of 
the Society, and now in the seventeenth year of its publication. The sixteen bound 
volumes of the Record contain many of the ancient records of the Dutch and other 
New York Churches, which are invaluable to those interested in their family history. 

Second — To add to its large and valuable library, which already contains many works 
that are rare and difficult to obtain — American biography, family genealogies, town, 
county, and other local histories ; and various volumes relating to the above and kindred 

Third — With a view to increase the usefulness of the Society, and for the purpose 
of enabling it to add to its fund for the erection of a fire-proof building to contain the 
Society's archives and library, the undersigned cordially request that, should the aims 
and objects of the Society commend themselves to your judgment, you will become a 
member of the same. For admission the candidate must be nominated by a member, and 
be approved and voted in at a regular meeting. The initiation fee is $5.00 and an 
annual payment of the like sum. The payment of $50.00 constitutes a Life Member. 
Terms of subscription for the Record, $2.00 per annum in advance. Subscriptions, 
which are solicited, may be sent to Dr. George H. Butler, Treasurer, 64 Madison 
Avenue, New York. Meetings are held on the second Friday evening of each month 
(excepting July, August, and September) at the Society's Hall, 64 Madison Avenue, when 
papers are read and addresses delivered on subjects for the most part, but not exclusively, 
relating to the State of New York. Meetings are also held on the fourth Friday evening 
of each month, of a business and conversational character. 


First Vice-President, • Second Vice-President, 


CorresJ>onding- Secretary, Recording Secretary, 


Librarian, Treasurer. 


Registrar of Pedigrees, 
Executive Committee, 


Committee- on Biographical Bibliografhy, 


Building Fund Committee, 




Term Exiikep, 1S87. Term Expires, 1888. Term Expire.s 1889. 





Vol. XVII. 



No. 4. 




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Devoted to the Interests of American 
Genealogy and Biography. 




October, 1886, 


MOTT Memorial Hall, No. 64 Madison Avenue, 

New York City. 

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. 

Publication Cotmnittee . 




John Delafield, the Englishman. By Rev. William Hall, New 
York City 245 

The De Witt Family, of Ulster County, New York. By Thomas 

G. Evans, 


3. Brookhaven (L. I.) Epitaphs. By William Kelby 259 

4. Early Settlers of Ulster County — Abraham and Jean Hasbrouck. 

By Gerrit H. Van Wagenen, 261 

5. Records of the Reformed Dutch Church in the City of New 

York (Continued) 268 

6. Records of the First and Second Presbyterian Churches in the 

City of New York (Continued) 277 

7. Notes and Queries.— Culloden— Weeks — Thompson, Cannone— Southold, 

L. I. — Connecticut Light Horse — Riley, Egg Harbor — Some Curious Epitaphs 
— Lawrence — Notes on the Lounsbury Family, by William S. Pelletreau — 
Young, Rogers, 280 

8. Book Notices.— The Bartow Family in England, by the Rev. Evelyn P. 

Bartow, A.M., 280 — Rachel DuMont, by Mary Westbrook [Van Deusen], 280 
— Genealogical History and Biographical Sketches of the Descendants of John 
Lee, of Agawam (Ipswich), Mass., 281— Appletons' Cyclopnsdia of American 
Biography, .... 281 

9. Books Donated to the Society, 282 


While the Publication Committee aim to admit into the 
Record such Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical 
matter, only, as may be relied on for accuracy and authen- 
ticity, it is to be understood that neither the Society or 
Committee are responsible for misstatements of facts (if 
any), or for the opinions or observations contained or 
expressed in articles under the names, or initials, of 

All communications intended for the Record should be 
addressed to "The Publication Committee of the Record," 
at the rooms of the N. Y. Genealogical and Biographical 
Society, No. 64 Madison Avenue, New York. 

The Record will be found on sale at the rooms of the 
Society which are open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons : at 
Brentano Brothers, 5 Union Square, W.; and at Nash and Pierce's, 
80 Nassau Street, New York. The Society has a few complete 
sets on sale. Price for the 16 vols., well bound in cloth, $36.50. 
Subscription payable in advance, Two Dollars per annum ; Single 
Numbers Sixty Cents each. 

Payments for subscriptions, and annual dues of Members of the 
Society, should be sent to Dr. George H, Butler, Treasurer, 
No. 64 Madison Avenue, New York City. 


Contains a variety of valuable and interesting matter concerning the History, 
Antiquities, Genealogy and Biography of America. It was commenced in 1847 
and IS the oldest historical periodical now published in this country. It is issued 
quarterly (each number containing at least 96 octavo pages, with a portrait on 
steel) by the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset Street, 
Boston, Mass. 

Price, $3 per annum in advance. Single numbers, 75 cfs. each. 
Testimonial from the Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, Ph.D., LLC, of Boston. 

"No other work is so rich in materials which give an insight into the history of the 
people of New England, their manners, customs and mode of living in I,ygone days." 

From the late Col. Joseph L. Chester, LLC, D.C.L, of London. England. 

"To me the work, of which I possess a complete set, is invaluable. I consult it 
constantly, not only for matters relating directly to Americans, but also in reference to 
English families of the seventeenth century, concerning whom these volumes contain a 
vast amount of information not to be found elsewhere. There are no books in my library 
that I would not sooner part with than my set of the Register." 

The New England Magazine, 


Of about one hundred paf,es, devoted to the nistory, lAterature and General 
Interests of the New iJngland States and People. 

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Among the Special Features of the New England Magazine for the current vear are inrlndpri • 
u':^^nZ^T'' ^^^' ^^.^'-^^^ Historv-Articles Relating to New England in thVcivi^W^^^ 
~F Ar^°c PS ON f'EAmN.° ri°^'''' ^^° of Notable Men and Women-A Series 
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^'^ u'nfv^rslt'v^^^^^' ^^•^•' Librarian of Brown Prof. SAMUEL HART. D.D., Trinity College. 
Rev E H cXpfn n n P -a . f t r '^^^^^'^ GEORGE S. MERRILL, Late Com- 

bm'e e ' ^•'^■' President of Tufts mander-in-Chief, G. A. R. 

Rev. ANSON TITUS. ARTHUR "l^^WKf7°".?"''f"''rP'- , 

ANNTK SAU-Vfc-R unwMc Aiu .. A . AKlMUK 1 . LOVELL, Boston Journal. 

Andover l^OWNS, Abbott Academy, Hon. .STEPHEN M. ALLEN, Webster Historical 

""court'^Bos'^^n^' ^' ^^^'^''S, Judge Municipal ELIZABETH PORTER GOULD. 

HonJge'oRGe"shELI)ON, Pres. Pocumtuck CLmiW sioLLARD^^'^" 

Memorial Association, Deerfield EDGAR FAWCEIT. " 
Hon. E. S. lOBEY, Postmaster of Boston. 


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Genealogical and Biographical Society. 

This Society, which was organized and incovpoi'ated seventeen years ago, lias for its 
chief objects : 

First — To collect and print, in an enduring form, the scattered records of the early 
inhabitants of the Colony of New Netherland and the Province and State of New York, 
and to preserve the pedigrees of their families, also, as far as practicable, those of other 
families. This the Society is successfully accomplishing, through the medium of a peri- 
odical known as the "New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, devoted 
to the interests of American Genealogy and Biography," edited by competent members of 
the Society, and now in the seventeenth year of its publication. The sixteen bound 
volumes of the Record contain many of the ancient records of the Dutch and other 
New York Churches, which are invaluable to those interested in their family history. 

Second — To add to its large and valuable^library, which already contains many works 
that are rare and difficult to obtain — American biography, family genealogies, town, 
county, and other local histories ; and various volumes relating to the above and kindred 

Third — With a view to increase the usefulness of the Society, and for the purpose 
of enabling it to add to its fund for the erection of a fire-proof building to contain the 
Society's archives and library, the undersigned cordially request that, should the aims 
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(excepting July, August, and September) at the Society's Hall, 64 Madison Avenue, when 
papers are read and addresses delivered on subjects for the most part, but not exclusively, 
relating to the State of New York. Meetings are also held on the fourth Friday evening 
of each month, of a businessand conversational character. 


President ^ 
First Vice-President, Second Vice-President^ 


Corresponding- Secretary, Recording Secretary, 


Librarian, Treasurer. 


Registrar of Pedigrees, 
Execittive Comtiiittee, 


Comviittee on Biographical Bibliography, 


Building Fund Committee, 




Term Expires, 1S87. Term Expires, 1888. Term Expires, 1889. 





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